The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit that aims to protect asylum seekers from an immigration enforcement operation expected to start this weekend.
The lawsuit argues that those individuals weren’t allowed a fair chance to request asylum and their deportation orders aren’t valid. Most of them are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The ACLU alleges “massive bureaucratic errors” led to a failure to send proper notices to appear in court. Thousands were ordered removed without attending hearings.
The ACLU says most of the asylum seekers fled violence. It wants each person who was ordered removed that way since May 2014 to get a hearing.
The lawsuit was filed Thursday in New York on behalf of nonprofit organizations that work with refugees.