The American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh (ABC) Settlement Agreement was a class action scheme between a class of Guatemalan and Salvadoran nationals and the U.S. government at American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh, 760 F. Supp. 796 (N.D. Cal. 1991) [PDF version] on January 31, 1991. Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) 203: Eligibility to Apply with USCIS,” July 15, 2015, available on www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/refugees-asylum/asylum/nicaraguan-adjustment-and-central-american-relief-act-nacara-203-eligibility-apply-uscis [link] Directly in the context of the issue of discrimination was the recent passage of the Refugee Act of 1980, an amendment to the Immigration and National Citizenship Act and the Migration and Refugees Act, introduced in the Senate by Senator Ted Kennedy and signed by President Jimmy Carter.
One of the stated objectives of the amendment was to meet the needs of those prosecuted in their country of origin and to provide them with assistance and opportunities to facilitate resettlement if necessary and possible. The focus has been on humanitarian efforts to accommodate refugees already in the United States, while much of the previous focus has been on the concentration of refugee policy outside the United States. On the basis of this precedent and, in a way, the experimentation of its force, the colony would use the arguments of the Refugee Act to argue that the INS was contrary to the objectives of providing asylum protection to vulnerable communities meeting the definition of refugee.  The American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh (ABC) Settlement Agreement was a class action scheme between a class of Guatemalan and Salvadoran nationals and the U.S. government at American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh, 760 F. Supp. 796 (N.D. Cal. 1991) on January 31, 1991. The agreement provided special benefits to some Guatemalans and Salvadorans considered to be members of the ABC class.
A particular advantage codified in Section 203 of the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) is the possibility of requesting the removal of removal [after the old suspension of removal] or the suspension of removal. In addition to members of the ABC class, a number of Eastern Europeans are eligible for a waiver under NACARA 203. When a foreigner is granted an exemption under NACARA No. 203, his or her status is suitable for eligible permanent resident status. This overview describes the conditions for the lifting or suspension of certain provisions, the benefits of these exemptions over the regular cancellation of non-LPR removal, and the benefits of a discharge under NACARA No. 203. American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh (ABC)  was a landmark complaint filed in part to correct the INS`s discriminatory practices in the decision on Salvadoran and Guatemalan political asylum applications. Registration for the case has been closed.
Regulations in this case have given thousands of Salvadorans and Guatemalans the right to a new asylum interview and a decision before a newly trained asylum officer.