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Judge blocks Trump’s asylum ban, cleas the way for the migrant caravan



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Acosta holds 5-year-old Angel Jesus, both from Honduras, as a
caravan of migrants from Central America en route to the United
States crossed through the Suchiate River into Mexico from


  • President Donald Trump’s November 9 proclamation
    restricting asylum for immigrants who cross the border into the
    US illegally has been shot down by a US District Judge in San
  • The judge halted Trump’s restriction on asylum seekers,
    clearing the way for the thousands-strong caravan of Central
    American migrants to eventually seek citizenship in the
  • The US is part of pacts with the UN and has laws on the
    books in Congress that guarantee anyone the right to seek
    refugee status and asylum in the country.
  • The judge ruled that Trump can’t override Congress on
    this one. 

President Donald Trump’s attempt to restrict asylum for
immigrants who cross the border into the US illegally has been
shot down by a US District Judge in San Francisco, clearing the
way for migrant caravan to seek asylum and eventually

On Twitter, Trump said “some very bad thugs and gang
members,” as well as 
criminals and unknown
Middle Easterners” were in the caravan.

Trump tried to restrict asylum rules in a proclamation on November 9,
citing national security concerns and stresses on the immigration
and asylum systems that stall applications.

Senior administration officials told reporters at the time
of the proclamation that the current asylum system is currently
backlogged with roughly 800,000 cases and in a “full-fledged and
very large crisis.”

Read more: Tensions are growing in Tijuana as
3,000 migrants arrive at the US border, a number officials expect
to grow to 10,000 as asylum cases take months to process

Before the midterm elections, Trump campaigned hard on his
stance against letting the migrants seek asylum, often accusing
Democrats, without evidence, of coordinating the

Following the election, Trump has made little mention of
the caravan outside the proclamation. 

Current law allows for anyone, regardless of how they enter
the country, to apply for asylum, which can lead to eventual

Asylum seekers to the US must prove that they legitimately
fear persecution based on their race, nationality, religion,
politics, or social group either from the government or forces
the government cannot control.

The migrants have fled Central American countries including
Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, which suffer from extremely concentrated violence
their governments have failed to rein in

But Trump’s demand that asylum seekers from the caravan
must enter the US through one of 26 legal ports didn’t sway the
district court. 

“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 Jon S. Tigar wrote
in his decision against Trump, the Washington Post noted.

“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.”

Read more:
The first group of caravan migrants has reached the US border
while thousands of others lag behind — here’s what awaits them
when they arrive

The US is part of United Nations compacts, and has laws on
the books with Congress, that guarantee the right of migrants to
seek refugee status or asylum.

Trump’s order would render illegal border crossers unable
to seek asylum, thereby effectively waiving their rights, the
judge ruled. 

The White House usually appeals losses in court like this.
While courts have knocked back much of Trump’s immigration
agenda, his travel ban was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court
after some modification.

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