A Trump appointed federal judge has overturned a Trump administration policy requiring asylum seekers to first apply for asylum in countries they pass through on their way to the U.S.-Mexico border. While the Trump Administration will appeal this decision, it could have severe consequences for controlling the border and illegal immigration.
The policy was put in place to prevent or stop illegal aliens, mostly from Central American countries, from entering the U.S. and remaining indefinitely while they wait for an asylum hearing. In the past, aliens from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador have asked for asylum at the border. They have been permitted to remain in the U.S. pending a hearing.
However, most (90%) asylum seekers never reappeared for their asylum hearing. They disappeared into America and stayed illegally in the country.
According to U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly of Washington, D.C., the administration violated the Administrative Procedure Act when adopting the policy because they did not give the public time for comment. All federal policy changes must allow time for citizens to provide input.
The Trump administration will likely appeal the ruling. However, the liberal news media ignores the possible immediate effect of asylum seekers rushing the border, even some infected with the coronavirus. Illegal aliens and their supporters are always looking for a loophole or opportunity to enter the country.
It is also unfortunate that Judge Kelly has ruled against Trump for the second time. He presided over the CNN v. Trump lawsuit, where President Trump revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials and denied him access to the White House grounds. Judge Kelly sided with CNN and ruled that Acosta could return to the White House, pending a trial, which never happened because CNN dropped the suit.
Hopefully, Mexico will cooperate with the U.S. and continue to hold asylum seekers as a 3rd country. Otherwise, illegal aliens will pour across the border as they did before when over 1 million entered during the fiscal year 2019.
The border cannot be controlled or secured with judges or politicians that don’t understand the word “illegal” and who provide loopholes in the law.