WASHINGTON — In a blow to the Trump administration’s efforts to tighten the immigration system, the U.S. appeals court in Washington overturned a policy that made it harder for people fleeing persecution to receive asylum.
The court said on Friday that the U.S. government could not make it a requirement for asylum-seekers to demonstrate they are fleeing harmful circumstances that their home country either “condoned” or was completely helpless to prevent.
In cases where people are fleeing persecution from someone other than the government, the U.S. had historically used a less demanding standard, requiring asylum-seekers to show that their home country was merely “unwilling or unable” to stop the harm.
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