California federal judge again blocks Trump asylum rule
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California federal judge again blocks Trump asylum rule

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday reinstated a nationwide ban on the new Trump administration rule that intended to block asylum applications based on specific requirements.

Judge Jon Tigar stated in his opinion that, “The effect of the Rule is to categorically deny asylum to almost anyone entering the United States at the southern border if he or she did not first apply for asylum in Mexico or another third country.”

Tigar had previously issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration’s rule, but the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit narrowed the injunction to border states within its jurisdiction: California and Arizona. The appeals court then sent the case back to Tigar for a final ruling.

Tigar ruled that the injunction should apply across the entire border of the US. “While the government disagrees with that ruling, it provides no contrary authority from the immigration context and “no grounds on which to distinguish this case from the Ninth Circuit’s uncontroverted line of precedent.”