A Mayer Brown pro bono team, along with co-counsel from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Center for Constitutional Rights and American Immigration Council, helped achieve two important victories that will ensure that thousands of people have access to the US asylum process at ports of entry on the US-Mexico border.

Asylum seekers at ports of entry on the US-Mexico border had been caught in a legal catch-22. Initially, they were told to wait in Mexico for months before accessing the asylum process. Then, the US government imposed new requirements for making an asylum claim that effectively stripped these individuals of their eligibility for asylum. On November 19, 2019, the US District Court for the Southern District of California granted plaintiffs’ motions for class certification and preliminary injunction, barring the government from applying the new requirements to those who were made to wait before those requirements came into effect.

The multi-office Mayer Brown Litigation & Dispute Resolution team included partners Ori Lev, Stephen Medlock (both Washington DC) and Matthew Marmolejo (Los Angeles) and associates Matthew Fenn (Chicago), Michelle Webster, Colleen Snow, Sasha Keck (all Washington DC) and Sydney Fields (New York).

The case is Al Otro Lado v. Wolf. View decision.