In what might be one of the most shocking court decisions, California just gave President Donald Trump the power to take serious action against illegal immigration.
As reported by the New York Times, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay on Friday and ruled that the Trump administration can return asylum seekers to Mexico while they await court hearings.
A three-judge panel set a deadline for Tuesday for groups to submit arguments on why the order blocking the Trump administration should take effect.
The panel also gave the Trump administration until Wednesday for the federal government to argue why the policy should remain in place.
Here’s more from the Times report:
The administration in December announced its new policy, called the migration protection protocols, arguing that it would help stop people from using the asylum process to enter the country and remain there illegally. President Trump has long been angered by so-called catch and release policies, under which asylum seekers are temporarily allowed in the United States while they wait for their court hearings.
In a tweet late Friday night, President Trump wrote: “Finally, great news at the Border!” He has previously criticized the Ninth Circuit, which is based in San Francisco, saying that the court always ruled against him.
The Justice Department, which appealed Judge Seeborg’s decision, argued that the injunction would “impose immediate, substantial harm on the United States, including by diminishing the executive branch’s ability to work effectively with Mexico to manage the crisis on our shared border.”
The Times also admitted that there is a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border and that the Trump administration is trying to enact policies to help combat illegal immigration.
The appeals court’s decision comes as the nation’s immigration system may have reached a breaking point as migrants increasingly arrive at the country’s southwestern border with Mexico.
The flow of migrant families has reached record levels, with February totals 560 percent above those for the same period last year. Many are seeking asylum, in which they have the burden to show evidence of past persecution or testimony that establishes the “well-founded” fear that they would face danger if they return home.
The Trump administration’s migration protection protocols were an attempt to deter migrants. Mexico’s government reluctantly agreed to house the migrants in December.
This comes after Trump confirmed that his administration considered releasing detained migrants into Democratic-controlled sanctuary cities.
Adding more humor to the entire thing, apparently the White House wanted to several of the migrants to be released in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco, California.
Last month, Customs and Border Patrol as well as the Department of Homeland Security have been experiencing an unprecedented wave in migration from Central America.
Many Americans would likely support the White House plan to place migrants in Democratic-controlled cities.