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ACLU argues against deporting asylum seekers without review

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) --- The American Civil Liberties Union argued in federal appeals court on Thursday morning against deporting asylum seekers without review by any federal court.

The ACLU was in court for a hearing in Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The case centers around Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam, a Sri Lankan man who was apprehended 25 yards across the border. He was fleeing his home country because he says he was being tortured.

Immigration officials in San Diego determined he did not have credible fear of persecution and ordered his deportation. 

In court on Thursday, Thuraissigiam was represented by Lee Gelernt of the ACLU National Immigrants Rights Project, who argued that people seeking asylum are only getting truncated hearings, a violation of the constitution. 

"If they're only going to get these truncated hearings they have to be able to go into a federal court and have a federal court review what happened. We can't send people back to persecution and torture without a federal judge looking at their case," Gelernt argued. 

The Department of Homeland Security argued that because Thuraissigiam entered the country on an illegal basis, his rights were not violated when immigration officers determined he didn't have a credible fear of persecution, as he was not a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.

The court's ruling in this case could have a lasting effect. The judges will take time to process their decision and often issue a written judgment, which could take up to a year to determine. 

Follow Trevor Ault on Twitter @TrevorKOIN


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