Migrant Parents Separated From Their Children May Get Second Chance at Asylum
The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with lawyers for migrant parents whose trauma may have thwarted their attempts to claim asylum.
Two weeks after being separated from her 10-year-old son, a young Honduran mother, sick with worry about her child’s well-being, bombed a critical interview to pursue her claim to asylum in the United States.
Months later, the Trump administration has agreed to give her—and hundreds like her—another chance to validate their asylum claims, potentially rectifying one grave harm perpetrated on migrant asylum seekers by President Donald Trump’s now-defunct “zero-tolerance” policy, which took children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in part to discourage illegal immigration.
Under an agreement negotiated by the Department of Justice in the hopes of settling three separate lawsuits filed over its family-separation policy, migrant parents who failed their “credible fear” interviews—initial proceedings conducted by phone to determine whether an asylum applicant could plausibly make their case in a full asylum hearing—would have a second chance to make their case.