After five years, an agreement was finally reached between the applicants and, for the most part, the NSIS. This is probably because litigation has been very costly over the past five years and a trial would have cost even more. The complainants had also gathered a considerable amount of evidence and had, which seemed to be a very strong argument against INS.  In the end, the complainants were able to secure de novo Adjudication for many Guatemalan and Salvadoran migrants awaiting further interviews, were also granted a stay of deportation and work permits. However, those who did not meet the arrival time or committed a serious crime were excluded from trespassing and payment. American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh 760 F. Supp. 796 (N.D. Cal. 1991),  formerly American Baptist Churches v Meese, is a scheme obtained on January 31, 1991, resulting from a class action against the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and the Department of State.
(DOS). The complaint was filed in 1985 by a coalition of religious organizations, refugee aid associations and numerous human rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the National Lawyers Guild. (NLG) Although the case initially identified two different groups of complainants, various religious organizations participating in the sanctuary movement and Central American refugees after changes were made to the criminal laws previously used to persecute these religious organizations, the complaint focused on the rights to discriminate against Central American refugees in asylum proceedings. This directly violates the principles of the Refugee Act 1980, which aimed to establish uniform criteria for verifying cases in which persons fleeing political persecution and humanitarian crises could be granted asylum. After five years, the colony provided many Salvadoran and Guatemalan immigrants with temporary protection status (GST), including offers asylum interviews, deportation stays and work permits. 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. This was open to people who had never applied for asylum, as well as to persons whose cases were brought before an immigration judge or on appeal to the BIA or a federal court.
As long as an ABC class member is authorized and has registered with ABC, any existing asylum cases are closed administratively to allow the person to go to a novo ABC interview on asylum.