Case Status: On appeal

Innovation Law Lab v. Wolf

We sued to challenge the inhumane and illegal Remain in Mexico policy that has trapped asylum seekers in dangerous and life-threatening conditions.

Written by Stephen Manning — Posted in on February 28, 2020

Innovation Law Lab and our co-plaintiffs allege that Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy violates the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the United States’ duty under domestic and international law to not return people to dangerous conditions.

UPDATE: In February 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a preliminary injunction setting aside the Protocols on the grounds that they are statutorily unauthorized. The U.S. Supreme Court stayed this injunction pending its review of the Ninth Circuit’s decision. On February 3, 2021, the Supreme Court agreed to hold the case in abeyance in light of the Biden administration’s suspension of the policy. While the government has begun “phase one” processing of impacted individuals into the United States, thousands of individuals – many ineligible or unable to access current processing efforts – continue to struggle to survive in Mexico in the hope that the U.S. government may one day restore their right to seek protection in the United States.

Our partners in this challenge: Al Otro LadoCentral American Resource Center of Northern California, Centro Legal de la Raza, University of San Francisco School of Law Immigration & Deportation Defense Clinic, & Tahirih Justice Center.

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