Trump's asylum ban blocked by federal judge

Lester Mason
November 21, 2018

USA and California state flags fly behind the border wall, seen from Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. At least 107 people have been detained for claiming asylum outside of official crossing points since the order came into effect.

Mexico's migration institute said in a statement to Reuters that there was "no basis" for the ACLU's claims, noting that there had been no such reports from the United Nations or human rights groups that are monitoring the situation at the border.

The president "may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden", Tigar wrote, adding that limiting asylum seekers to ports of entry "irreconcilably conflicts" with the existing legislation.

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. "There is no justifiable reason to flatly deny people the right to apply for asylum, and we can not send them back to danger based on the manner of their entry". "It couldn't be clearer".

The ruling comes at a critical time, as thousands of the Central American migrants traveling in caravans towards the US border have started to arrive in Mexican border town Tijuana, which sits across from San Diego, California.

Under the proclamation, Mr Trump said only people who enter at official checkpoints - as opposed to sneaking across the border - can apply for asylum.

Claiming asylum is a long and hard process, and people need to prove they are fleeing, or fear prosecution or torture in their country.

The American Civil Liberties Union says USA law stipulates that the right to request asylum must be granted to anyone entering the country, regardless of whether they do so at an official port of entry or come in illegally.

People are often forced to wait in shelters or outdoor camps on the Mexican side, sometimes for weeks.

It "strains credulity" that an asylum-seeker's manner of entry into the USA can be the sole factory in declaring them ineligible for asylum, he wrote.

A statement at the time said: "We are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility". Another 2,100 National Guard troops have also been deployed since April as part of a separate mission.

"Congress has clearly commanded that immigrants be eligible for asylum regardless of where they enter", the judge said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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