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CA Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s “Remain in Mexico” Policy

HeadlineApr 09, 2019

In more immigration news, a federal judge in San Francisco has blocked President Trump’s so-called Remain in Mexico policy, which forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases make their way through U.S. courts. Judge Richard Seeborg ruled that the practice, which went into effect in January, violates existing immigration laws and does not comply with U.S. policy against returning migrants to countries where their “life or freedom would be threatened.”

In a statement, Human Rights First, which represents clients affected by Trump’s policy, said, “As President Trump rids the Department of Homeland Security of top officials in search of even more extreme immigration hard-liners, today’s ruling is a reminder that the policies already put in place to dismantle the asylum system are—in many cases—illegal, and will not hold up in court.”

Judge Seeborg’s injunction is set to go into effect Friday. As the news broke Monday, reports emerged that Customs and Border Patrol were sending back multiple immigrant families to Mexico after they appeared in U.S. courts for their hearings.

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