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Federal Judge Bars Trump Administration From Refusing Asylum-Seekers

A federal judge temporarily barred the Trump administration late Monday from enforcing a policy to refuse asylum to immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Judge Jon S. Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a temporary restraining order after the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights sued in response to President Trump’s ban on asylum-seekers. Tens of thousands of immigrants request asylum each year at official ports of entry, but Trump sought to end the practice altogether with a Nov. 9 proclamation stating that anyone who crossed the border illegally would be automatically ineligible for asylum. The proclamation was widely panned by critics who said it violates international law.