>> A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked an order by President Donald Trump that barred asylum for immigrants who entered the country illegally from Mexico. Monday's order from the U.S. District Judge in San Francisco is the latest courtroom defeat for President Trump on immigration policy. And the order from the judge takes effect immediately nationwide and lasts until December 19th.
That's when the court scheduled a hearing to consider a more long lasting injunction to Trump's order. The President recently said U.S. officials will only process asylum claims for migrants who present themselves at a legal border crossing. Effectively suspending the granting of asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border anywhere else.
Civil liberties groups rushed to try and block Trump's November 9th proclamation, arguing it violated U.S. immigration law. The judge said in the ruling that Congress clearly mandated immigrants can apply for asylum regardless of how they enter the U.S.. Anti called Trump's latest rules a quote, extreme departure from prior immigration practice.
The U.S. Justice Department could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters. Monday's ruling also comes as thousands of Central Americans traveled in a caravan towards the U.S. border, escaping violence and poverty in countries like Honduras. Some arrived in Tijuana, Mexico on the border with California last week, they faced opened hostility from some Tijuana residents.
They threw stones at the migrants and told them to go back to their home countries. Trump sent more than 5,000 soldiers to the Mexico border. However, critics called the move a political stunt in the run up to the November 6th mid-term elections.