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The Latest: Judge to rule on hearings for asylum seekers

June 28, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to a new Trump administration policy denying bond hearings for asylum seekers (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

A U.S. judge in Seattle says she expects to rule quickly on whether to block a new Trump administration policy that keeps asylum seekers locked up while they pursue their cases.

Attorney General William Barr announced the policy in April. It affects immigrants who have recently entered the U.S. without permission and have demonstrated a credible fear of persecution or torture if returned to their home country.

Immigrant rights activists say that for 50 years the government has granted asylum seekers hearings where they can show they are not a flight risk and pose no threat to the public.

The Justice Department says the new policy denying them such hearings is a valid interpretation of federal immigration law.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman heard arguments Friday and said she expects to rule next week.

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7:24 a.m.

A federal judge in Seattle is hearing a challenge to a new Trump administration policy that keeps asylum seekers locked up while they pursue their cases.

Attorney General William Barr announced the policy in April. It affects immigrants who have recently entered the U.S. without permission and have demonstrated a credible fear of persecution or torture if returned to their home country.

The ACLU and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project say that for 50 years the government has granted asylum seekers hearings where they can show they are not a flight risk and pose no threat to the public. They say the new policy will keep thousands of immigrants in custody without due process.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman hears arguments in the case Friday.

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