Judge blocks President Joe Biden’s “Trump-lite” asylum policy. A federal court has blocked the Biden administration’s latest attempt to limit migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. “The Rule—which has been in effect for two months—cannot remain in place,” wrote U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in a ruling released Tuesday.
Tigar gave the administration two weeks to appeal before his order takes effect.
“The Justice Department immediately appealed [Tigar’s] order and asked for it to be put on hold while the case is heard. The agency said it’s confident the rule is lawful,” reports the Associated Press.
The rule in question—which took effect upon the expiring of Title 42 migrant expulsions in May—requires the U.S. to immediately expel many asylum-seeking migrants. George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin called it a “Trump-lite asylum policy.”
Here’s how Tigar explained it:
Under the Rule, noncitizens other than Mexican nationals who cross the southern border are presumed ineligible for asylum unless they (1) have received advance permission to travel to the U.S. to apply for parole; (2) present at a port of entry for a pre-scheduled appointment (or without an appointment, if they can demonstrate an “ongoing and serious obstacle” that precluded pre-scheduling); or…