Trump's asylum ban for illegal entrants halted by judge

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump administration’s asylum ban

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar, who was nominated by President Obama in 2012 to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco.

"Whatever the scope of the president's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden", Judge Tigar added.

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately comment on the ruling, which will remain in effect for one month barring an appeal.

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.

And it is absurd that a set of advocacy groups can be found to have standing to sue to stop the entire federal government from acting so that illegal aliens can receive a government benefit to which they are not entitled.

In his ruling, Tigar said Congress clearly mandated that immigrants and refugees can apply for asylum regardless of how they entered the country.

As a caravan of several thousand people journeyed toward the Southwest border, President Trump signed a proclamation on November 9 that banned migrants from applying for asylum if they failed to make the request at a legal checkpoint.

The move comes as a Central American caravan with thousands of people has flooded into Tijuana, Mexico near the border, seeking to gain access to the US.

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They are not allowed to detain illegal crossers.

DHS has said it wants asylum seekers at the southern border to appear at an official border crossing.

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

Critics accused President Trump of circumventing Congress and rights groups like the ACLU challenged the decision in court.

The case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

"This is a critical step in fighting back against President Trump's war on asylum seekers", Melissa Crow, senior supervising attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in a statement.

The final version of the order was upheld by the US Supreme Court on June 26 after a protracted legal battle. Federal immigration laws allow the president to suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens.

Meantime, as House Democrats signaled they intend to investigate the email use of White House adviser Ivanka Trump, the president defended his daughter, saying she never shared classified information while doing government business on a personal account.

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