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Federal judge rules against President Trump's asylum ban

People in Washington, D.C. and across the country have been watching the news of the caravan of immigrants approaching the southern border of the United States. While there are different points of view regarding the caravan and the aid that should -- or should not -- be provided, the current presidential administration's recent decision to deny asylum to immigrants who cross the border illegally has raised some legal question. A federal judge has recently provided an answer to those questions.

In early November, shortly before the midterm elections, President Trump ordered -- in advance of the caravan -- that those who cross into the country illegally will not be granted asylum. Prior to that, those who cross at ports of entry or between ports of entry are eligible for asylum. The executive order, according to some, would make the deportation of thousands of people more likely.

The Center for Constitutional Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union promptly sued the Trump administration as a result. They argued that while they did not encourage immigrants to enter the country between ports of entry, it is clear that those who do are still eligible to apply for asylum. Unfortunately, they claim, that the wait to enter through certain ports is lengthy -- sometimes weeks -- forcing immigrants to wait in outdoor camps or shelters, potentially jeopardizing their safety.

A federal judge has recently ruled against the executive order, temporarily barring the administration from refusing asylum to those who crossed illegally. However, it is unclear how the ruling will impact those who were denied it between the time the order was issued and the judge's ruling. Unfortunately, there are those who have walked hundreds of miles to seek a safer, more secure life only to be met with hostility and uncertainty. Despite this, there are experienced attorneys in Washington, D.C. and beyond who are willing to help those seeking refuge from sometimes unthinkable conditions start a new life.

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