By Camilo Montoya-Galvez | CBS |
A federal judge on Monday restored a nationwide scope on an order he issued earlier in the summer to block the Trump administration’s most sweeping effort yet to unilaterally restrict the asylum system for migrants from Central America and other parts of the world who seek refuge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California reinstated a nationwide injunction blocking a joint Justice Department and Department of Homeland Security rule that makes most migrants who transited through a third country — and did not seek refuge there — ineligible for asylum when they reach the U.S. at one of the country’s land borders.
Last month, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals did not grant the government’s request to issue an administrative stay on a previous ruling by Tigar that blocked this near-total asylum ban. But the court also said the injunction blocking the rule only applied within the court’s jurisdiction, barring the administration from implementing the policy in California and Arizona, but allowing the rule to be enforced along the rest of the border, in New Mexico and Texas.