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Federal Judge Drops The Hammer, Rules Trump Asylum Ban Is Illegal

A federal judge on Friday delivered a devastating blow to the Trump administration hardline immigration stance, by throwing out a Trump administration policy barring migrants who illegally crossed the border from seeking asylum, finding that it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act.

The administration’s policy, signed last November, aimed to bar migrants who illegally cross into the US through the southern border from seeking asylum outside of official ports of entry. But Columbia District Judge Randolph Moss ruled the ban is illegal, CNN reported Friday.

“[A]liens have a statutory right to seek asylum regardless of whether they enter the United States at a designated port of entry, and defendants may not extinguish that statutory right by regulation or proclamation,” wrote Randolph Moss.

Late last year, a federal judge in California blocked Trump’s asylum ban and the Supreme Court later upheld the judge’s order.

“Today’s decision is a big deal for what it portends — that the administration’s new asylum policy will be wiped off the books,” said Steve Vladeck, CNN Supreme Court analyst and professor at the University of Texas School of Law.


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