Trump Scores Big Win in Asylum Policy Court Case

The court properly rejected the attempt of a few to block a rule that discourages abuse of our system."


WASHINGTON D.C. (Texas Insider Report) President Donald Trump and his administration notched a big win Wednesday in its latest fight over the nations asylum policy as U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia Timothy Kelly turned down a request for a temporary restraining order in a ruling he announced from the bench.

The challengers in the case the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition and the Refugee & Immigrant Center for Education & Legal Services are represented by a team from the Hogan Lovells law firm.

They argued that the administrations new rules proposal violates the Immigration & Nationality Act and the Administrative Procedures Act claiming there was no notice and comment period.

A similar fight is unfolded before U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar of the Northern District of California Wednesday. Judge Tigar had blocked previous changes proposed last year by the Trump Administration to limit asylum to those only entering the country through official Ports of Entry. 

But on Wednesday Tigar said the evidence detailing the inadequacy of Mexicos own system for dealing with asylum seekers was stunning." 

Applications are up dramatically but theres no indication that the Mexican asylum process has grown.

Theres some pretty tough stuff in there" said Tigar of the governments evidence.


Trumps new rules make asylum seekers ineligible unless they have first sought asylum relief through another country they may have passed through before reaching the United States border.

The White House called Judge Kellys decision a victory for Americans who are concerned about the crisis at the nations southern border.

The court properly rejected the attempt of a few special interest groups to block a rule that discourages abuse of our asylum system" said White House said.

The rule properly encourages migrants to seek asylum in other countries they have traveled through before reaching the United States and makes those who fail to do so ineligible for asylum thereby foreclosing opportunistic claims by those who want to exploit our asylum system in an effort to immigrate unlawfully to the United States."

Kelly was the first judge to hold a hearing on the new asylum rules and subsequently is the first to rule on a temporary restraining order.

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