President Donald Trump has once again found himself battling out legislation in the courts.
After a federal judge blocked his administration from putting new restrictions on immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S., the White House said it will appeal the decision made by the Ninth District Court of Appeals.
The Presidential Proclamation
In early November, as the infamous migrant caravan was nearing American’s southern border, President Trump signed a declaration restricting asylum claims, according to Politico.
By law, anyone seeking asylum in the U.S. must proclaim that either at an official port of entry or once they’ve entered the country.
But knowing that thousands of immigrants were headed to the border — and that the country’s infrastructure couldn’t handle large numbers of asylum seekers without major delays — Trump sought to “bar migrants from seeking asylum who do not cross the border at ports of entry,” Politico reported.
When Trump signed the proclamation, it was immediately criticized by the media, liberals, and Democrats.
The ACLU was also quick to grab a microphone, calling the presidential proclamation “illegal.”
But they needn’t worry. As seems to occur more often than not these days, the president’s proclamation ended in the courts and its implementation was delayed.
A judge in California put the order on hold, and the administration is now fighting that in appeals courts.
But while everyone is looking at this order as going against immigration laws, the order is only meant to enhance our current laws and speed up the asylum process.
When these individuals come into the country at points other than official entry ports, the entire process is delayed.
The Trump administration is putting this legislation in place to ensure that these asylum seekers only come through at official ports of entry so their requests can be processed quicker.
The appeal has already gone to the Supreme Court, where Trump was dealt his first major defeat by the conservative-leaning court.
With the Supreme Court letting the stay stand, the administration now has to go through the legal process — which could take months — before the new proclamation can officially be put into play.