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Border officers illegally used lies and coercion to thwart asylum seekers, lawsuit says

Border officers illegally used lies and coercion to thwart asylum seekers, lawsuit says

Customs and Border Protection officers have been turning away asylum seekers illegally at the U.S.-Mexico border for more than a year, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by several immigrant rights organizations.

Five of the six plaintiffs listed in the federal class-action lawsuit said they were turned away at one of San Diego’s two ports of entry, Otay Mesa and San Ysidro. The lawsuit — brought by Al Otro Lado, a pro bono immigration legal services group, the American Immigration Council and the Center for Constitutional Rights — alleges that officials lied to asylum seekers, and in some cases coerced them, to prevent them from formally applying.

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