Central American Ban
Judge Jon S. Tigar, Northern District of California. (S. Todd Rogers / The Recorder)

Central American Asylum Ban Blocked by Federal Judge

In another attempt to stop only the immigrants that he doesn’t like from entering the country, the president and his minions in the administration instated a new policy on July 16 blocking Central Americans and other migrants from requesting asylum at the southern border unless they had applied for asylum in countries they had passed through on the way to the border. But the Central American ban, as it is coming to be called, has been temporarily stalled by a federal judge in San Francisco.

“The public undoubtedly has a pressing interest in fairly and promptly addressing both the harms to asylum applicants and the administrative burdens imposed by the influx of persons seeking asylum,” U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar, an Obama administration appointee in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, wrote in his 45-page ruling. “But shortcutting the law, or weakening the boundary between Congress and the Executive, are not the solutions to these problems.”

Tiger invoked a preliminary injunction blocking the policy and ordered the government to restore the existing system.

This isn’t the judge’s first rodeo. He  halted another version of the Trump administration’s asylum ban last year, said a “mountain” of evidence showed that migrants could not safely seek asylum in Mexico and that the policy violated federal law in part by categorically denying asylum to almost anyone crossing the border. U.S. law generally allows anyone who sets foot on U.S. soil to apply for asylum.

Related Article: Republican Rep. Werner Horn Defends Comments That Slavery Was Purely an Economic Decision

But on the other side of the country, a Trump-appointed judge did not stop the policy. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly ruled that the policy could continue. Let the games begin as the two cases head to federal appellate courts.

A Justice Department spokesperson told The Washington Post that Tigar was wrong to rule the way that he did because of the agencies’ supposed “expert policy judgment”.

Tigar wrote that the Trump administration could not show that forcing asylum seekers to apply in Mexico is a “feasible alternative” and that government lawyers did not provide a “scintilla” of evidence to suggest that Guatemala could absorb them, either.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Latest News

ENGIE Chooses Accenture, Salesforce and Vlocity to Support its Customer Relations and Help Them Achieve Their Zero-Carbon Transition

Originally posted on Accenture.com With a global, unified industry-specific CRM, ENGIE is able to get a 360-degree customer view and help even more companies transition to zero-carbon energy SAN FRANCISCO, DREAMFORCE; Nov. 19, 2019 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN), Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) and Vlocity Inc. today announced the companies are teaming up with…

Boeing Programs Receive Aviation Week Laureate Awards

Originally published on Boeing.mediaroom.com. ecoDemonstrator and Ground-based Midcourse Defense programs recognized for achievements in aerospace wo Boeing [NYSE:BA] programs were honored today with Aviation Week Laureate Awards for extraordinary achievements in aerospace. Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator program was recognized in the Commercial Aviation Sustainability category. The ecoDemonstrator takes promising technologies out of the…

nonprofit, hr, diversity

Study Finds Many Nonprofits Conscious of Staff Diversity, But Still Struggling with Implementation

Nonprofit HR released its 2019 diversity report Tuesday, which included the results from surveys of 566 nonprofit organizations throughout North America. These organizations were surveyed on their diversity practices, and the results revealed that though many organizations have diversity statements and leaders who tout diversity, the sentiments aren’t always backed…

Fraternity Activities Suspended at Syracuse University Following Latest Racist Incident, Investigation into Racist Graffiti Ongoing

Syracuse University has a new development in its latest string of racist incidents. On Sunday morning, the university suspended all social activities at fraternities after a group of students, including members of the fraternity Alpha Chi Rho, called a Black female student a racial slur on Saturday night. The altercation…

management coworker joke Breakfast Club Rakevion White ASU Arizona restaurant Instagram

Phoenix Restaurant Employees Racially Target Black Server, Management Slow to Fire Racist Co-worker

Rakevion White, a 21-year-old Black Arizona State University (ASU) student, was subjected to racial targeting at his job as a server at the Breakfast Club in Phoenix, according to a BuzzFeed News article published Tuesday. After initially saying it wouldn’t terminate the employee responsible for targeting White, the Breakfast Club…