A USA federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order preventing the Trump administration from carrying out new immigration rules that would block asylum for people who did not enter the United States at a designated port of entry.
"The idea that in the United States we elect people to make very important decisions and then all of a sudden a completely unelected individual can step in with no knowledge of the subject matter and say, 'I don't really buy that, I'm going to institute a temporary restraining order, ' is freaky", said Arthur to host Laura Ingraham.
The groups quickly sued after Trump issued a proclamation that said anyone who crossed the southern border would be ineligible for asylum.
Migrants from Central America have their backgrounds checked in Tijuana on the Mexican side of the border with the United States.
Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday blocking the new rule.More news: #FacebookDown Erupts On Twitter As Facebook, Instagram Experience Outages
"Congress has clearly commanded that immigrants be eligible for asylum regardless of where they enter", the judge said.
"Whatever the scope of the president's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that congress has expressly forbidden".
On Monday, the U.S.
President Trump vowed to retaliate Tuesday against liberal judges on the West Coast who he said appear to have it in for him, commenting hours after an Obama-appointed judge delivered yet another legal spanking to the administration on immigration policy.
Under US law, there is a legal obligation to hear asylum claims from migrants if they say they fear violence in their home countries - regardless of how they have entered the country.More news: Patrice Bergeron Out With Rib Injury, Will Be Reevaluated In Four Weeks
"This ban is illegal, will put people's lives in danger and raises the alarm about President Trump's disregard for separation of powers", said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrant Rights Project and the lead attorney in the case.
Baher Azmy, a lawyer for the Center for Constitutional Rights, said, "Individuals are entitled to asylum if they cross between ports of entry". "Congress has been clear on this point for decades".
Many plan to make their asylum claims at the San Ysidro port of entry, though it could take weeks, if not months, for all of their claims to be processed.
Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group that has been assisting the migrants, rejected Nielsen's statements and said the lane closures were aimed at stoking "fury and impatience" by blocking USA citizens who had to wait to gain entry from Tijuana.More news: Russia's cargo craft blasts off to ISS