Immigration

Judge blocks Trump's asylum ban for migrants who enter U.S. illegally

A line of people stand with the sun behind them.
Central American migrants in the caravan. Photo: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images

A federal judge issued a nationwide temporary restraining order late Monday, barring the Trump administration from denying asylum to migrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, the Washington Post reports.

Details: In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco said that Trump "may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden." Tigar's order is effective through Dec. 19 and will hear arguments for a permanent order after that point, but the administration has appealed similar decisions in the past on its controversial policies.

U.S. troops to begin leaving the border

A photo through barbed wire of a port of entry with a "closed" sign
Photo: Guillermo Arias/AFP via Getty Images

Military troops that have been assisting in border protection at the request of President Trump will begin returning home as early as this week, Politico reports, with all active-duty troops expected to be back by Christmas.

The big picture: Trump ordered troops to be sent to the border as a caravan of Central American migrants began its journey through Mexico toward the U.S. and shortly before the midterm elections. The U.S. Northern Command said through a spokesperson that they are continuing to "assess the situation" and plan to continue supporting Customs and Border Protection until at least Dec. 15 as originally scheduled.

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