Virginia AG Herring challenges Trump’s move to gut protections for asylum seekers fleeing persecution

Virginia AG Herring challenges Trump’s move to gut protections for asylum seekers fleeing persecution

21 attorneys general argue changes to asylum standards violate federal law and judicial precedent

RICHMOND, VA (STL.News) – Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring Friday joined a group of 21 state attorneys general to challenge the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to asylum standards. If implemented, these changes would allow the executive branch to arbitrarily deny asylum claims to immigrants seeking haven from domestic or gang violence. In an amicus brief filed in Grace v. Barr before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Attorney General Herring and his colleagues argue that these stringent revisions—which would effectively bar asylum claims based on domestic or gang-related violence—go against longstanding federal law and judicial precedent, undermining the rule of law itself.

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