In May, the Biden administration announced that it would implement a new asylum ban that continues to limit access to asylum for most people arriving and seeking protection at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Under the ban, any individual who presents themselves at the border to seek asylum who has not secured one of the limited appointments through the CBP One app or applied for asylum and been denied in another country they traveled through on their way to the border is ineligible for asylum. There are only a few narrow exceptions. Those who do not meet the stringent limitations of the ban will be subject to a five-year bar to reentry and ineligible for one of the administration’s available parole programs.
Following the ban’s implementation, immigrants’ rights organizations sued the Biden administration arguing it violates U.S. asylum law because it restricts access to asylum based on how an individual entered the country or whether they applied for asylum in another country. In July, a federal judge ruled the ban was illegal. But the Biden administration appealed the ruling, and the ban was allowed to remain in effect until the appeal is heard.
The appeal will be heard in federal court on Tuesday, November 7th, 2023, and immigrants’ rights organizations and advocates will host a rally to stand in solidarity with people seeking asylum and call on the administration to restore access to asylum.
If you are near the Pasadena, California area, please join and show your support! Click here to RSVP for the event.
Date: November 7, 2023
Time: Rally begins at 12:30 p.m. PT; oral arguments begin at 2 p.m. PT
Location: Richard H. Chambers U.S. Court of Appeals, 125 S Grand Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105