Appeals court rules Trump admin can temporarily continue to send asylum seekers back to Mexico

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court rules Trump admin can temporarily continue to send asylum seekers back to Mexico Federal investigation finds rampant sexual harassment at company led by Trump nominee: report Booker on Trump reportedly floating pardon for border official: ‘That should shake every American’ MORE Friday when it determined that the government can at least temporarily continue to send asylum seekers back to Mexico.

The asylum program was scheduled to be shut down at midnight under an order from District Court Judge Richard Seeborg, but the White House had requested the appeals court to intervene.

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The 9th Circuit temporarily stayed the lower court’s ruling as the parties get ready to submit their arguments next week on the government’s request for a longer stay that would likely last months.

“Finally, great news at the Border!” Trump tweeted Friday night.

Finally, great news at the Border! https://t.co/nofzYa2Qs7

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019

The administration has defended the policy as necessary to deal with what it calls an immigration crisis at the border that is overwhelming existing enforcement mechanisms.

The lower court ruled earlier this week that the policy contradicted U.S. immigration law and issued a nationwide injunction but delayed its implementation to give the government time to appeal.

The administration has sent over a thousand asylum seekers, many from Central America, back to Mexico as their asylum claims make their way through the U.S.’s backed up immigration system. 

Trump has doubled down on his hardline immigration tendencies in recent weeks, threatening to close the border with Mexico, cutting off funding to El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras, and overseeing a purge at the Department of Homeland Security. 

Trump has claimed that many claiming asylum seek to do harm, saying last weekend some asylum-seekers should be “fighting for the UFC,” and said that approvals of asylum claims should be curtailed.

“The system is full, can’t take you any more,” Trump said while visiting the border last Friday, adding that for both “illegal immigration” and asylum-seekers, the answer is “I’m sorry, we’re full.”

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