White House Slams Judge’s Order Blocking Asylum Restriction

By Petr Svab |

Asylum seekers wait in line to purchase bus tickets in McAllen, Texas, on May 30, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

The White House has condemned a decision by a federal judge to put on hold a new Trump administration rule that denies asylum to people who pass through countries where they could apply for asylum on their way to the United States.

“The tyranny of a dysfunctional system that permits plaintiffs to forum shop in order to find a single district judge who will purport to dictate immigration policy to the entire Nation … must come to an end,”  White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a July 25 statement.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco blocked the rule on July 24, at the request of activist groups that filed a suit against the policy. Just hours earlier, another federal judge in Washington denied a similar request from a different group of plaintiffs.

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