Washington, DC, United States (VOA) – A U.S. judge on Friday refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.
Judge Jon Tigar rejected the Justice Department’s request to suspend his earlier order temporarily blocking the ban.
The administration had still not shown that the ban was legal, or that any harm would come from continuing to implement existing immigration laws, Tigar said in his order.
“Nor have defendants rebutted the significant harms that will be suffered by asylum-seekers with legitimate claims and the organizations that assist them,” he said.
An email to a spokesman for the Justice Department was not immediately returned.
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