On Wednesday CGRS Director Professor Karen Musalo appeared as an expert witness before the Canadian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. Professor Musalo was called to provide testimony on the current state of the U.S. asylum system in light of proposed amendments to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

On May 8, 2019, the Ninth Circuit granted the Trump Administration’s request for a stay of the preliminary injunction issued in Innovation Law Lab v. McAleenan, allowing the government to continue its forced return policy. “The government’s policy forcing asylum seekers to wait in Mexico violates our domestic laws and international obligations," CGRS Co-Legal Director Blaine Bookey said. "We remain hopeful that the courts will soon put an end to this cruel and unlawful policy once and for all.”

CGRS condemns the anti-asylum proposals set forth in the presidential memorandum issued last night. The memorandum calls on the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to issue regulations that would impose onerous financial burdens on asylum seekers, undermine credible fear proceedings, and force judges to rush cases through the immigration court system, at the expense of due process.