Asylum Ban Case Update: O.A. v. Trump
Washington, D.C.—O.A. v. Trump, the case challenging the Trump Administration’s asylum ban filed two weeks ago on behalf of six individuals illegally barred from seeking asylum because they entered the United States outside of an official border point, will have its first hearing in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on Monday, December 17, 2018. The asylum seekers, including three children, are represented by Human Rights First, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and Williams & Connolly LLP.
The December 17 hearing will focus on whether to grant a temporary restraining order to halt the administration’s implementation of the asylum ban. A federal court in San Francisco granted a temporary restraining order in the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump case, but the government is challenging the order, which is set to expire on December 19. The O.A. case, which raises different legal claims from the East Bay case, is the first case filed in D.C. federal court challenging the November 9 ban.
“We look forward to having our day in court to fight on behalf of our clients—the brave men, women, and children who want nothing more than to live in safety and freedom in the United States. This ban makes a mockery of current law. And we intend to establish that in court,” said Human Rights First’s Hardy Vieux.