In immigration news, a federal judge in California has blocked the Biden administration from enforcing a measure prohibiting migrants from seeking asylum at the southern border without first applying for protection in a country they passed through on their journey to the United States. But U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar has delayed his ruling for 14 days, keeping the policy in place while giving Biden officials time to file an appeal. Tigar’s decision was praised by immigration rights activists, who’ve condemned President Biden for supporting asylum bans similar to those enacted by Trump. The new asylum rules went into effect in May, replacing the contested pandemic-era Title 42 policy, which was used to expel nearly 3 million asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border without due process.
Biden’s measure also forces migrants to make their asylum appointments on a Customs and Border Protection smartphone app that applicants say is riddled with issues and raises serious concerns over privacy. The ACLU said, “The ruling is a victory, but each day the Biden administration prolongs the fight over its illegal ban, many people fleeing persecution and seeking safe harbor for their families are instead left in grave danger.”