Firm Files Amicus Brief on Behalf of National CIS Council

March 10, 2020

On Friday, March 6, the Firm filed an amicus brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of National CIS Council 119, a union of asylum and refugee officers that is challenging a Trump Administration directive that removes most refugees entering the U.S. through the southern border to Guatemala and other Northern Triangle countries. 

The brief argues that the removal of asylum seekers to Northern Triangle countries violates our domestic law and international treaty obligations that prohibit our country from removing refugees to a region where they will be persecuted based on a protected characteristic.  The brief also argues that the directive requires asylum officers to violate their oath to uphold the laws of the United States and take action that is contrary to America’s moral fabric.

The filing was covered by The New York Times and Law360.

To read the brief, click here