The Wall Street Journal: Judge blocks Trump’s attempt to restrict asylum claims nationwide

A California federal judge on Monday restored a nationwide injunction that blocks the Trump administration from enforcing restrictions designed to curb asylum claims by Central Americans seeking entry into the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar in Oakland said in a 14-page order that blocking the rules across the U.S. was the only practical way to provide legal relief in the challenge to the asylum restrictions. The judge previously ruled that the restrictions were likely unlawful.

Monday’s court order almost surely won’t be the last word in the litigation.

Judge Tigar first blocked the asylum restrictions nationwide in July, only to see an appeals court narrow his injunction last month. That latter ruling, from the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, said the restrictions couldn’t be enforced against Central Americans who arrive at the border in California and Arizona, states that are within that judicial circuit. But the appeals court allowed the White House to enforce the rules in other border states outside of the court’s jurisdiction.

An expanded version of this story appears on WSJ.com

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