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Judge bars Trump from denying asylum to people entering US illegally

The US President issued a proclamation earlier this month as a matter of “national security”.

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A FEDERAL JUDGE has put a temporary halt to a Trump administration order denying the possibility of asylum to people who enter the US illegally.

President Donald Trump issued the proclamation earlier this month as a matter of what he called national security as a US-bound caravan of Central American migrants made its way through Mexico toward the US border.

US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order yesterday against the Trump proclamation, thus granting a request from human rights advocacy groups which had sued shortly after the order was announced.

The American Civil Liberties Union says that US law stipulates that the right to request asylum must be granted to anyone entering the country, regardless of whether they do so at an official port of entry or come in illegally.

Trump’s administration has argued that he has the executive power to curb immigration in the name of national security – a power he invoked right after taking office last year with a controversial ban on travellers from several mostly Muslim countries.

The final version of the order was upheld by the US Supreme Court on 26 June after a protracted legal battle.

When the new policy was announced by the Department of Homeland Security on 8 November, a senior administration official said that it would address what he called the “historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system” along the border with Mexico.

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