U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to review a case that allows asylum-seekers who enter the U.S. without inspection to have a bond hearing with an immigration judge.
If Sessions overrules this case — which he stayed on Tuesday — most asylum-seekers could end up waiting in detention centers indefinitely while their asylum claims are processed.
The Department of Justice declined a request for comment from KPBS.
As things stand, asylum-seekers who cross the border illegally don’t always have to remain in detention. Based on the case "Matter of X-K-," they can request a release on bond if they pass a “credible fear” interview. This applies to anyone apprehended by Border Patrol within 100 miles of the border within 14 days of arrival.
But Sessions has referred "Matter of X-K-" to himself, just like he has with other Board of Immigration Appeals cases, such as one where he revoked the right to asylum based on gang and domestic violence.