On Nov. 19, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar has temporarily halted President Donald Trump’s asylum ban, which tried to deny asylum to anyone entering the country outside of a legal port of entry.
In his ruling, Tigar noted that Trump’s executive order places asylum seekers at an ” increased risk of violence”:
Asylum seekers will be put at increased risk of violence and other harms at the border, and many will be deprived of meritorious asylum claims. The government offers nothing in support of the new rule that outweighs the need to avoid these harms.
Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Baher Azmy explained the judge’s ruling on Democracy Now:
Yeah, this is another important judicial ruling checking arbitrary executive action by the Trump administration, in this case attempting to overrule forty years of clear congressionally-mandated asylum law by the stroke of a pen.
Congress has written very clearly in the Immigration and Nationality Act that individuals are entitled to apply for asylum whether they enter the United States at a port of entry and subject to routine inspection, or whether they enter outside a port of entry, whether they cross what the government would say unlawfully…
And it’s true; there was no evidence to justify this so-called emergency action. The Trump administration talked about a crisis, but the truth is, migrations at the southern border are at historically low rates, and apprehensions by Customs and Border Protection outside of ports of entry are also at historic lows, a fraction of what they were in the year 2000.
(Source: Democracy Now)