Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Asylum Ban

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

A federal judge is once again standing in the way of Donald Trump’s illegal orders—this time his proclamation blocking people who cross the southern border between ports of entry from applying for asylum:

“Whatever the scope of the president’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden,” Tigar wrote in his opinion. “Asylum seekers will be put at increased risk of violence and other harms at the border, and many will be deprived of meritorious asylum claims.”

The immigration law in question says that migrants can apply for asylum “whether or not at a designated port of arrival.”

I have to wonder if there are any legal minds who think about Trump’s edicts and executive orders. Surely there must be someone who says, “You will get challenged on this in court and you will lose.” 

Maybe Trump doesn’t care. Maybe he wants to be seen as going up against current laws and the Constitution.  In any event, it’s odd to me.