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December 22, 2020

Human Rights First v. Wolf: Suing to Protect the Rights of Asylum Seekers

In its final days, the Trump administration published a sweeping regulation that will makes it nearly impossible for people who seek asylum in the United States to have it granted. Instead of protecting asylum seekers, the U.S. will deny asylum to refugees with valid legal claims, sending them back to persecution, torture, and possible death. 

Human Rights First, with counsel at Williams & Connolly LLP, filed a federal lawsuit seeking to strike down this harmful and illegal regulation and protect the rights of refugees. Our lawsuit argues that the rule violates laws enacted by Congress -- the Administrative Procedure Act and the Immigration and Nationality Act -- our binding international obligations, and the U.S. Constitution.

Key Documents

Complaint

Motion for preliminary injunction

Government’s Opposition Brief

Reply Brief

Media

Press Release

Resources

Human Rights First Comments on the Proposal

Related Litigation

In addition, other NGOs filed two related matters in the federal district court for Northern California in December 2020.

Pangea Legal Services et. al., v. DHS

Complaint

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order

Government's Opposition Brief

Reply Brief

Immigration Equality et. al., v. DHS

Complaint

Motion for Temporary Restraining Order

Government's Opposition Brief

Grant of Preliminary Injunction