US ap­peals court will not re­store Trump asy­lum or­der

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - WORLD -

SAN FRAN­CISCO: A US ap­peals court handed Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump a de­feat on Fri­day when it re­fused to al­low his or­der bar­ring asy­lum for im­mi­grants who en­ter the coun­try il­le­gally to take ef­fect, while a court chal­lenge pro­ceeds.

Trump cited an over­whelmed im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem for his re­cent procla­ma­tion that of­fi­cials will only process asy­lum claims for mi­grants who present them­selves at an of­fi­cial en­try point.

Civil rights groups sued, ar­gu­ing that Trump’s Nov 9 or­der vi­o­lated ad­min­is­tra­tive and im­mi­gra­tion law.

A San Fran­cisco judge last month is­sued a tem­po­rary re­strain­ing or­der against the asy­lum rules, which ap­plied na­tion­wide. The US Depart­ment of Jus­tice called that rul­ing ‘ab­surd’ and asked the 9th US Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals to al­low Trump’s pol­icy to take ef­fect while the law­suits pro­ceed.

Trump has of­ten at­tacked the 9th Cir­cuit, which has more judges ap­pointed by Demo­crat pres­i­dents than Repub­li­cans, ac­cus­ing it of frus­trat­ing his pol­icy ini­tia­tives, par­tic­u­larly on im­mi­gra­tion.

The split 9th Cir­cuit rul­ing on Fri­day was writ­ten by Judge Jay By­bee, an ap­pointee of Repub­li­can pres­i­dent Ge­orge W Bush. By­bee agreed with the lower court that Trump’s pol­icy likely ex­ceeds his au­thor­ity. — Reuters

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