White House moves to re­strict asy­lum claims

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The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion said it would pro­hibit peo­ple who il­le­gally cross the U.S. bor­der with Mex­ico from claim­ing asy­lum, as the pres­i­dent seeks to choke off mi­gra­tion from Latin Amer­ica.

The change to asy­lum pro­ce­dures was pub­lished Thurs­day by the Jus­tice Depart­ment. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has blamed U.S. asy­lum rules for lur­ing thou­sands of mi­grants a year from Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­tries. The new rule is al­most cer­tain to be chal­lenged in courts.

Trump made im­mi­gra­tion a key is­sue in Tues­day’s elec­tion, stok­ing fear among his sup­port­ers about a mi­grant car­a­van that’s still hun­dreds of miles away in Mex­ico. Trump said last week that he planned to mod­ify the asy­lum process to make it more dif­fi­cult for Cen­tral Amer­i­can mi­grants in the car­a­van to re­quest pro­tec­tion.

Court rules against Trump on DACA

A U.S. ap­peals court ruled Thurs­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump can­not im­me­di­ately end an Obama-era pro­gram shield­ing young im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals unan­i­mously kept in place a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion block­ing Trump’s de­ci­sion to phase out the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram.

Law­suits by Cal­i­for­nia and oth­ers chal­leng­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ci­sion will con­tinue in fed­eral court while the in­junc­tion re­mains in place.

In Thurs­day’s rul­ing, 9th Cir­cuit Judge Kim Ward­law said Cal­i­for­nia and other plain­tiffs were likely to suc­ceed with their claim that the de­ci­sion to end DACA was ar­bi­trary and capri­cious.

Re­count now pos­si­ble in Fla. gov race

Demo­crat An­drew Gil­lum’s cam­paign said Thurs­day that it’s pre­pared for a pos­si­ble re­count in the Florida gover­nor’s race that he con­ceded to Repub­li­can Ron DeSan­tis on Tues­day night.

At the same time, the U.S. Se­nate race be­tween Demo­cratic in­cum­bent Bill Nel­son and Repub­li­can Gov. Rick Scott re­mained too close to call, and Nel­son’s elec­tions lawyer pre­dicted it would be a “jump ball” as it be­came more likely there would be a re­count in that race.

Gil­lum’s cam­paign said it’s mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion with an elec­tions lawyer and pre­par­ing for a pos­si­ble state-man­dated re­count.

Kemp re­signs as Ga. sec­re­tary of state

Repub­li­can Brian Kemp re­signed Thurs­day as Ge­or­gia’s sec­re­tary of state, a day af­ter his cam­paign said he’s cap­tured enough votes to be­come gover­nor de­spite his ri­val’s re­fusal to con­cede.

Stacey Abrams’ cam­paign im­me­di­ately re­sponded by re­fus­ing to ac­cept Kemp’s dec­la­ra­tion of vic­tory in the race and de­mand­ing that state of­fi­cials “count ev­ery sin­gle vote.”

As the state’s top elec­tion of­fi­cial, Kemp over­saw the race, a mar­quee con­test in the na­tion’s midterms. His res­ig­na­tion Thurs­day morn­ing came as a hear­ing be­gan for a law­suit in which five vot­ers asked that he be barred from ex­er­cis­ing his du­ties in any fu­ture man­age­ment of his own elec­tion tally.

Jus­tice Gins­burg in hos­pi­tal af­ter fall

Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Jus­tice Ruth Bader Gins­burg frac­tured three ribs in a fall in her of­fice at the court and is in the hos­pi­tal, the court said Thurs­day.

The court’s old­est jus­tice fell Wed­nes­day evening, the court said. She called Supreme Court po­lice to take her to Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Wash­ing­ton early Thurs­day af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­com­fort overnight, court spokes­woman Kathy Ar­berg said.

She was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal for treat­ment and ob­ser­va­tion af­ter tests showed she frac­tured three ribs. The ex­tent of Gins­burg’s in­jury was not clear.

Gins­burg has had a se­ries of health prob­lems. She broke two ribs in a fall in 2012. She has had two prior bouts with can­cer and had a stent im­planted to open a blocked artery in 2014. She also was hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter a bad re­ac­tion to medicine in 2009.

But she has never missed Supreme Court ar­gu­ments. The court won’t hear ar­gu­ments again un­til Nov. 26.

Gins­burg leads the court’s lib­eral wing.

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