A federal judge in San Francisco has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a presidential proclamation that barred asylum for migrants who cross from Mexico into the U.S. illegally.
U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar late Monday issued a temporary restraining order hours after hearing arguments in a case that could determine the fate of some members of a migrant caravan arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border.
"Whatever the scope of the President's authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden," Tigar wrote in his decision.
Civil rights groups sued the administration over President Donald Trump's order earlier this month, which he justified as a response to the caravan he decried before the midterm election.
Led by the American Civil Liberties Union, the groups said Trump’s move is at odds with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows migrants to have their asylum claims processed, no matter how they arrive in the country.