Court blocks ban on asy­lum seek­ers who cross il­le­gally

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SAN FRAN­CISCO — A di­vided U.S. ap­peals court late Fri­day re­fused to im­me­di­ately al­low t he Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to en­force a ban on asy­lum for any im­mi­grants who il­le­gally cross the U.S.Mex­ico border.

The ban is in­con­sis­tent with an ex­ist­ing U.S. law and an at­tempted end-run around Congress, a panel of the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals said in a 2-1 de­ci­sion.

“Just as we may not, as we are of­ten re­minded, ‘leg­is­late from the bench,’ nei­ther may the Ex­ec­u­tive leg­is­late from the Oval Of­fice,” 9th Cir­cuit Judge Jay By­bee, a nom­i­nee of Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush, wrote for the ma­jor­ity.

A spokesman for the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice, Steven Stafford, did not have com­ment. But he re­ferred to an ear­lier state­ment that called the asy­lum sys­tem bro­ken.

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