Immigration rights advocates applauded a federal judge’s ruling on Monday that reinstated a nationwide injunction against a Trump administration rule preventing those who passed through another country before reaching the U.S.-Mexico land border from seeking asylum.
The ACLU, in a tweet, called the ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar a “victory.”
“Before today’s decision,” explained Charanya Krishnaswami, Amnesty International USA’s advocacy director for the Americas, “entire parts of this country had essentially become asylum-free zones, where people in search of safety would be arbitrarily barred from asylum based on where they happened to cross the border.”
As Common Dreams reported, the administration’s rule, rolled out in July, said asylum-seekers who travel through another country before reaching the U.S.-Mexico border were ineligible for asylum in the United States. The rule was panned human rights advocates as “deliberate cruelty.”
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