President Donald Trump issued an order on November 9 denying asylum for all foreign nationals who enter the country illegally for a 90-day period. However, U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar issued a temporary restraining order, saying that Congress extended asylum eligibility to all comers and the president cannot impose contrary terms. However, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a scathing response to the ruling.
According to The Daily Caller, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a scathing statement on Tuesday afternoon about a California federal judge’s ruling blocking President Donald Trump’s new asylum rule.
In the wake of the thousands-strong caravan of Central American migrants currently camped in Tijuana, Trump issued an order on November 9 denying asylum for all foreign nationals who enter the country illegally for a 90-day period. But, the ACLU challenged the proclamation in court, arguing that it violates the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
In response, U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar issued a temporary restraining order (TRO), saying that Congress extended asylum eligibility to all comers and the president cannot impose contrary terms. The federal law states, “Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum in accordance.”
On Tuesday, Sanders responded by stating, “At this very moment, massive numbers of aliens are arriving at our southern border, threatening to incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system. Yet now, a single district judge has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing the executive branch from performing its Constitutional duty to enforce our borders and control entry into the United States.”
Sanders continued, “This temporary injunction is yet another example of activist judges imposing their open borders policy preferences, which are rejected by the overwhelming majority of the American people, and interfering with the executive branch’s authority to administer the immigration system in a manner that ensures the Nation’s safety, security, and the rule of law.”
The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint statement condemning the judge’s decision, as well, saying, “Our asylum system is broken, and it is being abused by tens of thousands of meritless claims every year. It is absurd that a set of advocacy groups can be found to have standing to sue to stop the entire Federal Government from acting so that illegal aliens can receive a government benefit to which they are not entitled.”
Of course, the caravan migrants were given the opportunity to apply for asylum in Mexico, but they refused. In fact, Mexico was overwhelmingly generous with the migrants, offering them free food, housing, education, and the opportunity to obtain gainful employment. Yet, they refused all of this.
The immigrants aren’t interested in asylum. They want the bevy of handouts that they’ll be entitled to if and when they enter the United States. And, what will we get in return? Thousands more who are dependent on taxpayers with very few of them having any desire to make a real contribution to our country. This is not a burden we should be taking on, especially when there are so many American citizens in need.