WASHINGTON (PM) — A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Friday tossed out a Trump administration plan preventing migrants who unlawfully crossed the border from soliciting asylum, determining that it infringed on the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The administration’s policy, signified last November, endeavored to temporarily ban migrants who unlawfully cross into the US through the southern border from soliciting asylum outside of official ports of entry.
“[A]liens have a statutory right to seek asylum regardless of whether they enter the United States at a designated port of entry, and defendants may not extinguish that statutory right by regulation or proclamation,” ordered District Judge Randolph Moss, an Obama appointee.
Late in 2018, a federal judge in California barred Trump’s asylum ban and the Supreme Court later sustained the judge’s order.
The Trump administration will most assuredly appeal the ruling.