A federal judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s order that denied asylum to migrants crossing the Southern US border illegally. Judge Jon Tigar issued the order in San Francisco after hearing arguments from civil rights groups.
Trump signed the executive order earlier this month after the news that a migrant caravan was headed towards the border. He cited concerns about the national interest, but these were strongly opposed by civil rights groups.
Thousands of migrants say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries, which is said to consist of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Although it is unclear if any migrants have joined the caravan from other countries across Central America.
Trump has said that many of the migrants were criminals, and ordered the US Army to protect the US/Mexico border, from what he called an invasion.
Judge Tigar though concluded that anyone arriving in the US “whether or not at a designated port of arrival” could apply for asylum. He also said that Trump’s stance was an “extreme departure” from previous practice.
“Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden”
The judge’s order comes into effect immediately, and will remain in place until a court hearing in December.
Tijuana city officials expect to receive around 10,000 members of the caravan in the coming weeks, with US Army troops numbers reaching 5,800.