Updated Jul 25, 2019

Federal judge blocks Trump's new asylum restrictions

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.

Go deeper: Trump will make it harder for Central Americans to get asylum

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Court ruling allows Trump asylum restrictions in Texas and New Mexico

An art exhibiton next to a section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence. Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that an earlier injunction on the Trump administration's third-country asylum rule, which barred migrants from asylum in the U.S. if they did not first apply for protection in a country they travelled through, can only be applied within the Ninth Circuit.

Why it matters: The Ninth Circuit is located along the West Coast and includes the U.S.-Mexico border states of California and Arizona. That means that this decision will effectively block — at least for now — most Central Americans who cross into the U.S., legally or illegally, in New Mexico or Texas from asylum.

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Trump turning away victims of violence and trafficking

Data: USCIS, DOJ, RPC; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

The Trump administration is making it harder for immigrants fleeing violence, persecution and trafficking to stay in the U.S., in the name of getting tough on fraud.

The big picture: There are always cases of fraud in the immigration system, and not everyone who applies for asylum or the T visa, which is for victims of human trafficking, is eligible. But since Trump took office, visa denial rates for asylum and T visas have skyrocketed while the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. has plummeted.

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Barr moves to restrict asylum claims based on threats to family members

Attorney General Bill Barr. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Attorney General Bill Barr issued an opinion Monday that moves to restrict asylum protections for migrants whose family members have been persecuted in their home countries.

Why it matters: This precedent-setting decision is another attempt by the Trump administration to limit U.S. sanctuary options for asylum-seekers.

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