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Asylum-Seekers Can Appeal Fast-Track Deportations, Court Rules

A 1996 law limited the ability of immigrants to appeal asylum officers' decisions of whether they truly fear persecution in their home country. An appeals court says those limits are unconstitutional.

A federal court made it harder Thursday for the U.S. government to quickly deport asylum-seekers if they fail an initial screening at the border.

A law passed by Congress in 1996 sharply limited the ability of asylum-seekers to access U.S. courts if they want to challenge decisions of an asylum officer and

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