Updated Jul 25, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Federal judge blocks Trump's new asylum restrictions

Migrants sitting against a chained link fence while one border patrol officer speaks to them.

U.S. Border Patrol detaining and processing a group of migrants. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images

A California federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Wednesday to block the Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants at the southern border who do not first apply for protections in at least one other country they've traveled through.

Why it matters: This ruling came hours after a D.C. federal district judge allowed the administration's new rule to stand. The rule would all but block Central Americans from asylum.

Don't forget: The ruling is not final and lawsuits challenging the administration's asylum rule, which has long been in the works, continue to play out in court. The government is expected to appeal Wednesday's injunction over this rule, per the NYT.

Read the preliminary injunction here:

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the new California federal judge ruling, which went against the earlier D.C. federal judge ruling.

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