California Judge Halts Trump’s New Asylum Ban

HeadlineNov 20, 2018

A federal court in California put a temporary halt Monday to President Trump’s order denying asylum to anyone who enters the U.S. outside of a legal port of entry. Trump announced the move earlier this month, apparently in response to the Central American migrant caravans that he turned into a major flashpoint in the run-up to the midterm elections. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who ruled on the case, wrote, “Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden. … Failure to comply with entry requirements such as arriving at a designated port of entry should bear little, if any, weight in the asylum process.” After headlines, we’ll speak about Trump’s asylum ban with Baher Azmy of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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