President Trump recently announced a new immigration policy which clarifies the administration’s stance on migrants trying to claim asylum in the United States in response to increases in illegal border crossings. The administration believes if migrant crosses the border illegally, they should then not be allowed to claim asylum, rather only those who go to a port of entry would be able to claim asylum.
A federal judge issued a restraining order to President Trump’s executive order in regards to the change in asylum policy in response, bringing any changes to a halt. The Department of Justice plans to file a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as soon as Tuesday evening, requesting the temporary restraining order be suspended.
An official with the DOJ told the Washington Examiner that an appeal would then be brought to the 9th Circuit Court to overturn the restraining order. If the appeal is successful, the Trump administration would send a strong message throughout the Central American countries that the borders are officially closed, loopholes fixed and the only way to come to the United States would be by legal immigration means only. The appeal would allow for asylum seekers to be heard only at ports of entry where federal judges can assess their claims.
The Justice Department has also seen a major backlog in immigration court, due largely in part to the Trump administrations strong adherence to the law and making the ignored cases under the Obama administration have their day in court. The department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review released data showing 697,777 claims for asylum made as of late March. The sheer number of claims made takes up to two years to be heard by a judge.
The DOJ and Homeland Security Department released a joint statement in response to the growing numbers of illegal border crossings and the federal judges temporary restraining order which said, “it is absurd that a set of advocacy groups can be found to have the standing to sue to stop the entire federal government from acting so that illegal aliens can receive a government benefit to which they are not entitled. We look forward to continuing to defend the executive branch’s legitimate and well-reasoned exercise of its authority to address the crisis at our southern border.”
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