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CASA de Maryland v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Protecting asylum seekers’ access to work authorization

On July 21, 2020, IRAP, working with the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project and the law firm Gibson Dunn, LLP, filed a complaint challenging the Trump Administration’s efforts to destroy asylum through two rules that would limit the ability of asylum seekers to work legally in the United States while they wait for their asylum claims to be adjudicated. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are five non-profit organizations that serve asylum applicants: CASA de Maryland, ASAP, Centro Legal de la Raza, Oasis Legal Services, and Pangea Legal Services.

On September 11, 2020, the court issued a preliminary injunction that prohibits the government from applying some of the rule changes to members of CASA de Maryland and ASAP. For more information about the preliminary injunction, view the press release.

The preliminary injunction applies to anyone who is a member of CASA de Maryland or ASAP when they submit the application for a work permit (EAD) based on an asylum application. For more information on how to join CASA, view here. For more information on how to join ASAP, view here. For instructions on submitting your application so that you can benefit from the order, view here.

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  • July 21, 2020 Complaint

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  • September 11, 2020 Court’s order and memorandum opinion granting in part Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary relief

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  • August 3, 2020 Defendants’ opposition to Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary relief

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  • August 7, 2020 Plaintiffs’ reply in support of preliminary relief

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  • August 17, 2020 Plaintiffs’ supplemental letter brief in support of preliminary relief (705 stay)

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  • August 17, 2020 Defendants’ supplemental letter brief in opposition to preliminary relief (705 stay)

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  • August 21, 2020 Plaintiffs’ supplemental letter brief in support of preliminary relief (standing, Vacancies Act)

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  • August 21, 2020 Defendants’ supplemental letter brief in opposition to preliminary relief (standing, Vacancies Act)

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  • August 26, 2020 Plaintiffs’ motion for leave to file supplemental brief and Exhibit A with supplemental brief (standing, Vacancies Act)

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  • August 26, 2020 Exhibit A with supplemental brief (standing, Vacancies Act)

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  • September 2, 2020 Defendants’ supplemental letter brief in opposition to preliminary relief (standing, Vacancies Act, scope of relief)

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  • September 2, 2020 Plaintiffs’ supplemental letter brief in support of preliminary relief (standing, Vacancies Act, scope of relief)

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  • September 4, 2020 Plaintiffs’ supplemental letter brief in support of preliminary relief (standing, Vacancies Act, scope of relief)

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  • September 4, 2020 Defendants’ supplemental letter brief in opposition to preliminary relief (standing, Vacancies Act, scope of relief)

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  • September 11, 2020 Court’s order and memorandum opinion granting in part Plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary relief

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  • October 21, 2020 Parties’ status report on preliminary injunction implementation

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  • Press Release: Court Partially Blocks Rules Limiting Work Permits for Asylum Seekers

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  • Press Release: Asylum Seekers File Federal Lawsuit to Protect Their Ability to Work

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