In April, Barr announced the new policy preventing asylum seekers from requesting bail hearings. The policy was scheduled to go into effect on July 15th, but will now likely be delayed as the case progresses.


“They want to send a message that you will get detained,” Judy Rabinovitz, a deputy director of the Immigrants Rights’ Project at the ACLU, told the New York Times when Barr’s policy was announced. “It’s really obscene. We are talking about people who are fleeing for their lives, seeking safety. And our response is just lock them up.”

It’s expected that the administration will appeal. If it goes to the Supreme Court, it’s unclear what will happen. Earlier this year, the court ruled that asylum seekers aren’t entitled to bond hearings.