November 21, 2018 IN: Immigration, Press Room
Statement: Judge Rightfully Blocks Trump Asylum Ban
SEARAC applauds U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the implementation of the Trump Administration’s asylum ban. Judge Tigar, of San Francisco, reasoned that the ban violated current immigration law, which allows individuals fleeing violence in their home countries to apply for asylum regardless of how they enter the United States or their current location in the country. In contrast, the Administration’s ban would require individuals to enter the United States through a port of entry in order to apply for asylum, further aggravating the already long and complicated processing of asylum claims. This lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups on behalf of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, a refugee advocacy group based in Berkeley, CA.
Elaine Sanchez Wilson