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New agreement opens asylum opportunities for separated families

Every year, people travel to the United States, often via Washington, D.C., in search of a better life. Unfortunately, there is a great debate in this country now regarding how many people should be given asylum and under what circumstances. Much of this debate surrounds the current administration's treatment of families that cross the country's southwest border.

In fact, the administration's policy has sparked several lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. However, recent reports indicate that the ACLU and the Trump administration have reached an agreement. The agreement must still be approved by Judge Dana Sabraw.

According to the agreement, many parents who were separated from their children as part of the administration's policy may have the opportunity to request asylum even if deportation orders have already been issued. In "rare and unusual" cases, some parents who have already been deported may have the opportunity to return and request asylum. This would apply to parents who were "misled or coerced" into waiving their right to make such a request. Some families may also have the opportunity to provide additional evidence if they were rejected during the credible fear interview stage.

Unfortunately, it may be difficult to imagine the lives that those seeking asylum in the United States have endured. Most people who arrive here requesting acceptance do so to seek happier, safer lives for themselves and their families. Because of the current political climate and the complexity of seeking such admittance, there are experienced professionals in Washington, D.C. and across the country who can help.

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