Federal judge rules against Trump’s ‘wait in Mexico’ asylum policy

Federal judge rules against Trump’s ‘wait in Mexico’ asylum policy
Migrants storm U.S. border from Tijuana, 25 Nov 2018. NBC 7 San Diego video

[Ed. – The ACLU says the administration hasn’t sufficiently considered whether those waiting for asylum adjudications are in danger in Mexico. Since these people aren’t American citizens with constitutional rights, it’s very hard to argue that the federal courts have any say in that assessment to begin with.  The judge’s point against the administration, however, seems to be that it’s arguing for a form of triage; i.e., not all those who claim asylum are entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. That will probably be harder to defend.]

United States District Judge Richard Seeborg on Monday blocked the Trump administration’s policy of sending asylum seekers back to Mexico while they await the court to hear their case, commonly referred to as the “Remain in Mexico” program. Judge Seeborg’s ruling, however, is being put on hold until Friday so Trump’s team has the opportunity to appeal, the Associated Press reported.

The Trump administration made the decision to force asylum seekers to wait in Mexico until their case could be heard because of the number of illegal aliens flocking to the United States-Mexico border. …

[T]he American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Border Rights Center … argued the Trump administration wasn’t assessing the danger they’re facing in Mexico.

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