Asylum policy voided after court rules Cuccinelli served illegally at top immigration post

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Pete Buttigieg ends his presidential campaign

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Democrat Pete Buttigieg is ending his campaign for president.

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Three people with knowledge of Buttigieg’s decision tell The Associated Press he is informing campaign staff. They were not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

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His campaign says Buttigieg will speak Sunday night in South Bend, Indiana.

Buttigieg rose to the field's top tier but failed to notch enough wins in the critical early states necessary to keep his bid moving forward.

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Asylum policy voided after court rules Cuccinelli served illegally at top immigration post

WASHINGTON — A federal court ruled that senior Homeland Security official Ken Cuccinelli served illegally last year in a position overseeing immigration and invalidated a change to asylum policy put in place during that time.

The decision, issued Sunday by the federal court in Washington, D.C., voided a policy that gave asylum seekers less time to prepare for screening interviews in the U.S. and that was enacted when Cuccinelli, currently the acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, served as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS.

Potentially, legal experts said, the ruling opens the way for opponents to challenge any policy made by the agency when Cuccinelli, a Trump appointee, served as USCIS’s principal deputy director from June through November of last year.

“Any policy or directive issued solely under Cuccinelli’s signature while he was purporting to serve as acting director is now vulnerable,” said Stephen Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, an expert on presidential appointments.

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