SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge in San Francisco has blocked the Trump administration’s policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico as they wait for a court to hear their cases, but the order won’t immediately go into effect.
Judge Richard Seeborg on Monday granted a request by civil liberties groups to halt the practice while their lawsuit moves forward. The decision is on hold until Friday to give U.S. officials the chance to appeal.READ MORE: Motorcyclist Killed In Arlington Crash Wasn't Wearing A Helmet
The groups say the policy violates U.S. law by failing to adequately evaluate the dangers that migrants face in Mexico.READ MORE: Arlington Father Shawn Andrew Kuhleman 1 Of 2 Killed In Chemical Incident At Plant Near Houston
President Donald Trump’s administration says the policy responds to a crisis at the southern border that has overwhelmed the ability of immigration officials to detain migrants.MORE NEWS: Kaufman County Deputy On Administrative Leave Pending Investigation Into Handling Of Troubled Teen
The launch of the practice in January marked an unprecedented change to the U.S. asylum system.