Judge halts Trump policy requiring asylum seekers stay in Mexico

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A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday to stop the Trump administration’s policy of having some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case is under consideration.District Judge Richard Seeborg wrote in his ruling that while it’s unclear how much risk asylum seekers are facing under the policy, “there is no real question that it includes the possibility of irreparable injury.”The ruling will go into effect on Friday.Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump looks to get tougher on border with Nielsen out Trump’s renewed push for family separations led to Nielsen’s ouster: report Clinton: Nielsen departure will not stop Trump’s ‘dehumanization and cruelty toward migrants’ MORE announced late last year that the U.S. would force some asylum seekers to be sent to Mexico to wait out the duration of their immigration hearings.And the administration recently announced that it would begin to expand the policy, informally known as the “Remain in Mexico” program.The ruling is the latest blow to the Trump administration’s immigration policies.Another federal judge on Friday had ruled against the administration’s policies on detaining asylum seekers while they awaited their appearances before an immigration judge, ordering that the asylum seekers be granted an immigration hearing within seven days of their request or be released.And Trump is currently facing several legal challenges over his attempts to build a wall on the southern border after he declared a national emergency to divert federal funds for the wall’s construction.Monday’s injunction was issued as part of a lawsuit filed on behalf of asylum seekers who claim the policy puts them in danger.“Remain in Mexico leaves individuals and families fleeing persecution stranded on the other side of the border, when what they need and deserve under our laws is protection in America,” Archi Pyati, chief of policy for the Tahirih Justice Center, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said in a statement. “This policy goes against basic tenets of fairness, and makes it all but impossible for us to do our jobs. We are glad to see justice served.”



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