The Trump administration blasted a federal judge’s Tuesday ruling that blocks President Donald Trump’s attempt to quell asylum claims by Central American migrants in a Tuesday statement.
“Our asylum system is broken, and it is being abused by tens of thousands of meritless claims every year,” a joint Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security statement declared. “It is absurd that a set of advocacy groups can be found to have standing to sue to stop the entire Federal Government from acting so that illegal aliens can receive a government benefit to which they are not entitled.”
Both DOJ and DHS vowed to fight the Tuesday ruling by the 9th circuit saying “we look forward to continuing to defend the Executive Branch’s legitimate and well-reasoned exercise of its authority to address the crisis at our southern border.”
Trump issued a presidential proclamation in recent weeks requiring Central American asylum seekers to enter the United States at a legal port of entry. Migrants previously were able to enter the United States illegally and then claim asylum.
Officials say this process flagrantly violates U.S. law and allows for a disorderly loophole that is overwhelming U.S. detention facilities.
Opponents of Trump’s action, however, argue that it violates federal law, which states:
Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum in accordance.
The judge referenced federal law along with United Nations protocols that the U.S. is also party to declare, “The failure to comply with entry requirements such as arriving at a designated port of entry should bear little, if any, weight in the asylum process.”