Further tightening of asylum, border wall court battles, and more were in the news this week. Read our roundup to learn more!
1. Attorney General cuts asylum through family ties
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr overturned a ruling that allowed individuals to seek asylum based on family ties.
According to the ruling, Barr claims that “the Board of Immigration Appeals improperly recognized the respondent’s father’s immediate family as a ‘particular social group’ for purposes of qualifying for asylum under the Immigration and Nationality Act.”
The Attorney General’s ruling is another step in the Trump Administration’s bid to tighten asylum immigration, almost to the point of eliminating it entirely.
2. President Trump to replace Director of National Intelligence
Over Twitter, President Trump announced that he would be replacing the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats with Republican Representative, John Ratcliffe.
Althought Coats is set to step down on August 15th, Ratcliffe will first need to be confirmed by the Senate before he can take over the DNI role.
3. Court battles over border wall funding continue to rage
The Supreme Court issued a new ruling allowing the Trump Administration to begin diverting $2.5 billion dollars in Defense Department funds to the building of a border wall along the southern border.
The ruling comes as a lower court continues to hear a case on whether or not the Administration has the legal and constitutional authority to divert the funds.
4. Federal Reserve cuts interest rates
On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell announced that the Fed would be cutting interest rates for the first time since 2008.
The Fed said the cuts were being implemented “in light of the implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures.”
5. U.S. and Guatemala reach deal on asylum
President Trump announced that the U.S. and Guatemala had reached a deal for Guatemala to be considered a “safe third country” for the purposes of those seeking asylum in the U.S.
The deal comes amid a Trump Administration crackdown on immigration, and asylum in particular. It is still unclear how the deal will be implemented, especially as many of the individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. are from Guatemala.
6. BIA rules that immigration judges can use discretion to deny TPS status
The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a ruling stating that “Immigration Judges have the authority to deny an application for temporary protected status in the exercise of discretion.”
It is unclear how many this ruling will affect in the coming days and months.
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