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This article was originally published in Reuters Legal on August 31, 2020. You can access the original article here: https://today.westlaw.com/Document/I1ec99000ebdc11ea9f69b91389697ba6/View/FullText.html?transitionType=SearchItem&contextData=(sc.Default)&firstPage=true.

Judge Leon in the District Court of the District of Columbia issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the deportation of families and the use of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents to screen asylum seekers for their ‘credible fear’ of persecution while a lawsuit remains pending. Tahirih filed the lawsuit on March 27, 2020 on behalf of women and children currently detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

Reuters quotes Julie Carpenter, Tahirih Senior Litigation Counsel:

“”Border Patrol — federal law enforcement officers whose mission is to capture and detain immigrants — has no business in deciding the fate of survivors of gender-based violence and other asylum seekers who are seeking refuge.”

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