A California judge ruled Monday that the president could not move forward with his order restricting asylum seekers to legal ports of entry.
The president had issued an executive order banning all asylum seekers who entered the country through any point other than a designated port of entry from applying for asylum.
U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar ruled that the president’s scope of authority does not extend to single-handed immigration policy changes.
“Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden. … Failure to comply with entry requirements such as arriving at a designated port of entry should bear little, if any, weight in the asylum process.” — Tigar
The president had pursued the ban in an apparent response to the multiple groups of migrants making their way north from Central America leading up to the midterm elections.
Following the midterms, however, the president has had very little to say about the migrants other than to double down on his comments giving soldiers permission to shoot at the migrants.
Starting this week, a significant portion of the U.S. troops deployed to the border will return home, underscoring just how colosal a waste of time the entire venture was.
Even Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is on record as having no idea what the “long term” goal of the deployment really was.
This is only one of many such rulings against the administration’s prolific attempts at restricting and banning new immigrants as well as those already in the United States, such as the Dreamers.
Last week, a judge ruled for the third time against the administration’s efforts to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA).