The Trump administration faced yet another judicial check on its attempts to reshape American law this week. Federal District Judge Jon S. Tigar ruled that they could not enact a reshaping of immigration law through executive order.
To be more specific, the president and his allies had sought to deny the right to asylum to migrants who cross over the U.S. border somewhere other than the designated ports of entry, but Tigar insisted that the proposed system just doesn’t match up with the law — and the White House doesn’t just get to avoid accountability because they’re the White House.
Tigar asserted while handing down a temporary restraining order blocking the move until next month, when further court time is scheduled:
‘Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.’
The originally attempted shift figured into a broader Trump administration aim to paint immigrants to the U.S. as a looming threat.
That effort began all the way back when Donald Trump insisted Mexican immigrant populations harbor large populations of criminals during his initial rise to prominence in the 2016 presidential race. It’s continued ever since to the point of the Trump administration dispatching some 5,900 active duty members of the military to the nation’s southern border to meet migrants including plenty of women and children who Trump has characterized as “invaders.”
At least some of that troop presence has begun to be dialed down — soon after the midterm elections, when the acute political expediency of going all out to stoke fear got used up.
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