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Federal judge restores national injunction on Trump asylum ban

By Daniel Uria
Federal judge restores national injunction on Trump asylum ban
A federal judge restored a national injunction against a Trump administration policy blocking asylum applications from people who crossed through other countries before entering the United States. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A federal judge on Monday reinstated a nationwide injunction on the Trump administration's asylum ban.

Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled to once again block the policy to reject asylum applications from migrants who travel through other countries on their way to the border between the United States and Mexico.

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"The question now before the court is whether those harms can be addressed by any relief short of a nationwide injunction. The answer is that they cannot," Tigar wrote.

Tigar had previously issued a nationwide injunction against the policy in July, stating it was "inconsistent with existing asylum laws," but last month the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals limited the injunction to California and Arizona, allowing it to take effect in Texas and New Mexico.

The American Civil Liberties Union hailed the decision as a victory on Monday, as ACLU attorney Lee Gelnert said the court "recognized there is a grave danger facing asylum-seekers along the entire stretch of the southern border."

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan described Tigar's ruling as an example of "unprecedented judicial activism" the Trump administration has faced.

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"Every single time that this administration comes up with what we believe is a legal rule or policy that we really believe that will address this crisis, we end up getting enjoined," he said.

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