Trump's asylum ban blocked by U.S. judge

Trump's asylum ban blocked by U.S. judge

Trump's asylum ban blocked by U.S. judge

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Following the ruling, some top Democrats called on the Trump administration to work with Congress on immigration reforms.

LEE GELERNT: The injunction is critical. Under the asylum ban, people unable to wait that long would essentially have to choose between immediate protection (of a lesser and riskier form) and a monthslong wait to start the process for full asylum rights.

The court's ruling can force the administration to allow people to seek asylum.

"Make no mistake - we are very serious".

LILY JAMALI, BYLINE: Good morning.

This was done "after @CBP officials were notified that a large # of caravan migrants were planning to rush the border in an attempt to gain illegal access to the US", Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted Monday afternoon.

According to NBC News, the existing military presence has largely concerned itself with "laying barbed wire barriers and erecting tent facilities" as they kill time awaiting the asylum seekers. Forcing asylum seekers to enter through a port of entry is not the solution. While the ban was being developed, administration officials admitted that they assumed it would be put on hold by a court in a matter of days (with some speculation that it would be put on hold before it could even go into effect). Sometimes, they're pushed to cross at unofficial points of entry by criminal elements.

INSKEEP: I guess the point is these are desperate people who might not have a lot of choices.

The administration directed asylum seekers to enter at one of the 26 official border crossings with Mexico. Before, even immigrants caught entering the country illegally could ask for asylum.

"Whatever the scope of the President's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden", said Tigar, a nominee of former President Barack Obama.

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Ignoring the images of flag-burning, fence-hopping illegal aliens, Tigar sided with the subversives who hope an unchecked surge of immigrants will alter the country's demographics and secure a Democratic majority. You at least have the opportunity to apply.

The challengers argued that some migrants did not know how to get to the official border crossings or could not get to them safely. The two organisations had sued the president after he issued a ban following the movement of thousands of migrants from central America towards the U.S. border.

Trump has argued that the recent caravans are a threat to national security. What the judge said, though, was that he was overstepping his authority, basically stepping on turf that has been Congress' for many years now. He said almost every case filed against him there "means an automatic loss no matter what you do, no matter how good your case it", and he vowed some future retribution.

The American Civil Liberties Union and other immigrant advocate groups filed suit challenging the administration.

"Our clients are fleeing violence". And the argument for this temporary restraining order, which the ACLU ultimately got, was that it's a violation of immigration laws we laid out earlier, that a lot of the time people are doing this by accident or because they're pushed to.

The ACLU lawyer estimated Judge Tigar would make his decision by Monday afternoon.

The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, and the Department of Justice answered the court decision in a joint statement Tuesday. But it's worth noting that Judge Tigar was appointed by President Obama.

She added, "This is particularly unsafe given the unusual propensity for violence we have seen in this caravan".

An attorney for the Justice Department, Scott Stewart, argued that the regulation to limit asylum was justified.

Without providing specific potential moves, he told reporters on the South Lawn that the country must "look at" the 9th Circuit because other countries take cases against the US there for an "automatic win".

INSKEEP: OK. Lily Jamali, co-host of "The California Report" at KQED, thanks.

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