ACLU Press Release

A federal court has temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s new asylum ban. The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Constitutional Rights were in court yesterday successfully seeking the temporary restraining order to halt the policy as the legal challenge is litigated.

ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt, who argued the case, had this reaction:

“This ban is illegal, will put people’s lives in danger, and raises the alarm about President Trump’s disregard for separation of powers. There is no justifiable reason to flatly deny people the right to apply for asylum, and we cannot send them back to danger based on the manner of their entry. Congress has been clear on this point for decades.”

The complaint charges the Administration with violating the Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.

The case, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Trump, was filed in federal court in San Francisco. It was brought on behalf of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab, and the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles.

The ruling is at: https://www.aclu.org/legal-document/tro-granted-ebsc-v-trump

More information is at: https://www.aclu.org/cases/east-bay-sanctuary-covenant-v-trump