Lawyer Lee Gellert added that Washington does not encourage illegal border crossing, but migrants should not be denied the opportunity to apply for asylum.
TASS, November 20. A Federal judge in San Francisco blocked the implementation of the decree of US President Donald Trump, prescribing to deny asylum to migrants illegally crossing the border with Mexico. This was reported on Tuesday by the Associated Press news Agency (AP).
Judge John Tiger temporarily suspended the decree. She heard the arguments of lawyers representing The American Union for the protection of civil liberties and the center for the protection of constitutional rights, who in their statement of claim asked to recognize this Trump’s step violating human rights.
“We do not encourage those who enter the country, bypassing the migration points. But in accordance with the decision of Congress, even in this case, they can not be denied the opportunity to apply for asylum,” the Agency quotes the words of lawyer Lee Gelernt.
On November 9 Trump signed a decree justifying this desire to stop the caravans of migrants moving towards the United States, mainly immigrants from Central America. According to estimates of the US Department of homeland security, in Mexico in the border area has accumulated about 6 thousand people wishing to seek asylum in the United States. At the end of October, the American leader ordered to send up to 15 thousand soldiers to the southern border to prevent the possible mass migration of migrants through it.
Even during the election campaign in 2016, Trump promised his supporters to pursue a tougher immigration policy, as well as strengthen border control. He is convinced that illegal immigrants, and there are about 12 million people in the US, are “criminals” who should be identified and deported. According to him, illegal immigration is “an unacceptable risk to national security.”