Federal Judge Blocks Trump Proclamation Suspending Asylum Rights for Illegal Immigrants

  • Federal Judge Blocks Trump Proclamation Suspending Asylum Rights for Illegal Immigrants

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Proclamation Suspending Asylum Rights for Illegal Immigrants

Many plan to make their asylum claims at the San Ysidro port of entry, though it could take weeks, if not months, for all of their claims to be processed.

The judge's restraining order comes into immediate effect and remains in place until a court hearing in December to decide on the case.

It blocks the proclamation President Donald Trump issued on November 9, shortly before he left for Paris, suspending asylum rights for illegal immigrants if they didn't make the request at a lawful port of entry.

The president claimed repeatedly ahead of this month's midterm elections that the US was under threat from a slow-moving "caravan" of migrants fleeing violence in Central America.

Central American migrants taking part in a caravan to the USA, get on board a container truck heading to Irapuato in the state of Guanajuato on November 11, 2018 after spending the night in Queretaro in central Mexico.

But the policy penalizes illegal migrants by preventing them from applying for a full asylum once they are caught sneaking over the border.

Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group that has been assisting the migrants, rejected Nielsen's statements and said the lane closures were aimed at stoking "fury and impatience" by blocking US citizens who had to wait to gain entry from Tijuana.

Caravan participants began to arrive last week in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the USA border, which has put a strain on shelters where many will wait to seek asylum.

Previous Trump immigration policies, including measures targeting sanctuary cities, have also been blocked by the courts.

"This ban is illegal, will put people's lives in danger, and raises the alarm about President Trump's disregard for separation of powers", ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt, who argued the case, wrote in a statement.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Center for Constitutional Rights and others quickly filed lawsuits seeking to block the order.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's bid to ban anyone caught crossing into the US illegally from claiming asylum. "It is lawful and appropriate that this discretionary benefit not be given to those who violate a lawful and tailored presidential proclamation aimed at controlling immigration in the national interest".

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

"Once again, the courts have been forced to step in and preserve the rule of law. No one, including the President, can rewrite the nation's immigration laws on their own", Reps.

In the run-up to the United States mid-term elections, President Trump said numerous migrants were criminals, called the caravan an invasion, and ordered troops to the border.

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on November 9 circumventing immigration law, saying anyone who crossed the southern border between official ports of entry would be ineligible for asylum.