Homeland Security Can't Force Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico, Judge Rules

Homeland Security Can't Force Asylum Seekers to Wait in Mexico, Judge Rules

In June 2018, President Trump signed an executive order to end child separation at the border, but the apprehension of family units at the border have increased since then.

The ACLU and several other groups, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, had sought an injunction against the policy on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala who were returned to Mexico after seeking asylum at the U.S. border.

"Obama separated the children, just so you understand".

The number of migrants detained entering the United States from Mexico without documents soared to more than 103,000 in March, with the number of families arriving jumping as well, US Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.

Trump in February had deployed an additional 3,750 US troops to the country's southwestern border to support Customs and Border Protection agents.


Trump, for his part, insisted he was not "cleaning house" at the agency despite a number of staff changes.

Last summer the administration had separated more than 2,500 children from their families before worldwide outrage forced Trump to halt the practice and a judge ordered them reunited.

"The Border Patrol is facing an unprecedented humanitarian and border security crisis", Brian Hastings, Border Patrol's chief of law enforcement operations, told reporters Tuesday. They had child separation. Officials have said this typically happened when authorities questioned whether the child belonged to the adult, or if a serious crime like drug smuggling was committed. But last summer, HHS started receiving babies and toddlers, and there was not enough space to house them, said Jonathan White, the career civil servant tasked by Health and Human Services with helping to reunify children.

The president's comments were reminiscent of a recent report in the Washington Post, which found that the president was most impressed with outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen when the Border Patrol fired tear gas at migrants at the border.

The San Francisco ruling came up Wednesday at a case in El Paso, Texas, where lawyers for a Salvadoran man who said he had been threatened in Mexico asked for permission to stay in the USA while his case proceeds. About 2,400 children were taken from parents at the height of the separations.


"They don't want to act", Trump said. It would create centers in Central America where asylum applications could be processed and provide aid to reduce poverty and violence in the region so fewer people would flee.

Speaking to Fox News on Monday, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said: "It's time to do things a little differently".

Both Republican and Democratic leaders deplored the idea of separating families and were concerned about the shakeup at the department. "It's pretty hard for me to say I'd give them more. When Trump does it, it's cruel", Ingraham said, arguing the liberal media is "obsessed with hating Trump".

AsCBSreported, "U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex" Alles was sacked Monday, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Lee Cissna, DHS undersecretary for management Claire Grady and DHS general counsel John Mitnick are also leaving the administration".


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