This week’s decision by a federal court to overturn the administration’s most recent measure restricting migrants’ ability to request asylum gave President Biden’s immigration agenda yet another setback.
Some immigrants are not permitted to request asylum under Biden’s policy if they didn’t first request protection from another nation when entering the United States. The duration of Biden’s program, which was set to take effect on May 12, was two years. After Title 42 was repealed under his administration, the president made this policy public.
The guideline does, however, allow for exceptions involving unaccompanied minors and individuals who are in “imminent” danger.
But U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar, who was chosen by Obama and sits in the Northern District of California, overturned the decision, calling it “arbitrary as well as capricious.”
Tigar claimed that the administration of Biden broke the Administrative Procedure Act by only allowing for 33 days of public comment. Tigar linked Biden’s order to a rule from the Trump administration that he overturned in 2019 in the 35-page decision.
“The Court determines that the Rule is inconsistent to law since it presumes not eligible to obtain asylum individuals who are not citizens that enter between the ports of entrance, using a way of entry that Congress explicitly intended shouldn’t have any impact on their eligibility for asylum,” concluded Tigar.
The judge’s judgment will take effect in 14 days, and the Biden administration intends to challenge it.
“The Circumvention of Lawful Pathways rule is legal, and we vehemently disagree with today’s decision.” In a statement, Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, stated that “the Department of Justice has declared that it would swiftly appeal this ruling and ask for a stay while the case is being appealed. To be clear, nothing changes immediately as a result of today’s verdict since the district court temporarily stayed its judgment.”
Mayorkas went on to say
“It doesn’t affect our capacity to impose penalties for illegal entrance. Don’t fall for the smugglers’ falsehoods. Those who choose not to utilize one of the several legal channels we have opened up will be assumed to be ineligible for asylum, and if they don’t have a valid reason to stay, they will be promptly removed, subject to a minimum admissions ban of five years, and may face criminal charges for unauthorized re-entry. We urge migrants to use the increased legal, secure, and orderly paths created by the Biden Administration rather than believing the claims of human traffickers.”
Border crossings fell to their lowest point since Biden took office in June. Last month, less than 100,000 migrants were allegedly detained at the border.
Nevertheless, the plaintiffs’ counsel hailed Tigar’s decision as a “victory.”