20 May, 2024
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Court: UK plan to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda is legal

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s High Court ruled Monday that a plan to send asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda is legal but the government must consider the circumstances of each case before deporting anyone, a judgment that sets the controversial policy up for further legal battles.

Eight asylum-seekers, aid groups and a border officials’ union filed lawsuits to stop the Conservative government acted on a deportation agreement with Rwanda that is intended to deter migrants from trying to reach the UK on risky journeys across the English Channel.

The UK plans to send some migrants who arrive in the UK as stowaways or in small boats to the East African country, where their asylum claims will be processed. Those granted asylum would stay in Rwanda rather than returning to the UK

“The court has concluded that it is lawful for the government to make arrangements for relocating asylum-seekers to Rwanda and for their asylum claims to be determined in Rwanda rather than in the United Kingdom,” said Clive Lewis, one of two justices who made the ruling.

But he added that the government “must decide if there is anything about each person’s particular circumstances” which means they should not be sent to Rwanda. He said the government had failed to do that for “the eight individual claimants whose cases we have considered.”

The British and Rwandan governments welcome the ruling. UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman — who has called the Channel crossings an “invasion of our southern coast” — said the government would press on with the plan and “defend against any further legal challenge.”

“Our groundbreaking migration partnership with Rwanda will provide individuals relocated with support to build new lives there, while disrupting the business model of people-smuggling gangs putting lives at risk through dangerous and illegal small

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Well-known immigration attorney on whether or not Cuban migrants who reach US can stay: “They have a shot”

MIAMI – It is almost like clockwork, and most always early morning, that Cuban migrants try to reach Florida.

On Tuesday, 25 of them landed on Key Biscayne. A federal law enforcement official confirmed, as they put it, “a maritime smuggling event.”

This fiscal year, some 3,000 Cubans have been apprehended at sea – most repatriated to back to the island nation.

Willy Allen is probably one of Miami’s best known immigration lawyers.

“Once you touch the American territory you have the right to go before an immigration judge and seek asylum,” he said.

That’s what the thousands upon thousands of Cubans are doing at the US border with Mexico. That is likely what these folks that arrived Tuesday morning will do: Ask for asylum, describe a creditable fear of persecution and seek a hearing. They might not be going back to Cuba anytime soon.

“You have a shot to present your asylum case to an asylum officer and a judge so they have a shot to stay here,” Allen said.

Despite the wet foot, dry foot policy being dropped, there is still a chance the arrivals could stay, possibly paroled waiting for a hearing. Smuggled or arriving on Florida’s shores, Cuban migrants are a drop in the bucket compared to the number of Cubans arriving by land at the US-Mexican border.

“If you look at figures that came out in June, the are at 170-plus Cubans… that are clogging up the immigration system. it is impossible to go before an immigration judge in the near future.”

How about Cubans that land in South Florida by boats are undetected?

“This year we have half a dozen guys who came in that way. We applied for asylum for them, and they have interviewed already and out of the five four got

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