A federal court has blocked a controversial asylum policy from the Trump administration. The administration had required all asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their asylum claims were adjudicated.
According to The Hill:
A federal appeals court on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” plan for asylum-seekers to stay in the country while their case plays out in U.S. courts in California and Arizona.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will prevent the government from enforcing its policy unless the Supreme Court gets involved before March 12. But the ruling will only apply to Arizona and California, the states under the court’s authority, and not New Mexico and Texas, The Associated Press reported.
The Trump administration is attempting to get the Supreme Court involved and had asked for the policy to continue to be in effect until next week to provide time for the Supreme Court to decide, according to the AP. The policy began in January 2019.
In the past, the Supreme Court has sided with the administration on a number of immigration and border protection legal issues including approving the “public charge” rule and the essential blanket rejection of all asylum-seekers passing through Mexico before attempting to enter the U.S.
Judge Ferdinand Fernandez, who was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, was the lone dissenter and didn’t believe the policy should be blocked at all.