Posted on August 5, 2019

Federal Judge Halts Trump Administration Policy of Denying Asylum to Those Who Cross Border Illegally

Mairead McArdle, National Review, August 2, 2019

A Washington, D.C. federal judge on Friday ruled against the Trump administration’s policy of denying asylum to migrants who fail to enter the U.S. through a legal port of entry.


A federal judge in San Francisco, Jon Tigar, halted the policy for one month a few weeks after it was implemented in November, saying it “irreconcilably conflicts with” the 1965 law, which states that immigrants already within U.S. borders may apply for asylum regardless of how they came to be here.


That case is currently being heard by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court has blocked the policy from going into effect in the meantime.


The Trump administration has argued that many of the migrants applying for asylum after entering the U.S. illegally were never eligible to receive it.