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Parents Separated From Their Children at The US Border May Get a Second Chance at Asylum

Many parents who have been separated from their children at the border have sued the U.S. government, arguing that the separation is illegal. On June 26, a federal judge told the government to stop separating children and parents at the border as the lawsuit goes on. On September 12, 2018, the government negotiated with the parents and their lawyers to come up with an agreement.

The agreement would allow parents who were separated to have a second change to make their asylum claims in the United States. Parents who have already been ordered deported would be given a second “credible fear interview,” which is the first step in the asylum process at the border. If the interviewing officer finds that either the parent or the child has a “credible fear,” families will be allowed to apply for asylum together. Parents who do not pass their credible fear interviews may still be able to stay in the U.S. while USCIS hears their children’s claims. Finally, under the agreement, the government would consider reopening cases for parents who have already been deported from the U.S.

The agreement could result in “well over 1,000 parents” getting another chance at an asylum

claim.

Bella Clark