UPDATED 10:15 AM PT – Fri. April 12, 2019
Dozens of asylum seekers are returning to the U.S. after a federal judge ruled they no longer have to wait in Mexico.
The DHS plans to appeal the ruling which goes into effect Friday, allowing at least 60 Central American migrants to await their court date in the U.S.
Close to 1,500 asylum seekers were told to wait in Mexican border towns, as part of an experimental white house policy to cut down on cases of catch and release.
President Trump responded to the ruling by slamming it as unfair to the U.S.
“You have people coming in claiming asylum. They’re all reading exactly what the lawyer gives them, said President Trump. “They have a piece of paper. Read what that is, and all of a sudden you’re entitled to asylum. And some of these people are not people you want in our country”
The DHS had hoped to begin expanding the program to other ports of entry outside California.
However the ruling means the administration can not implement or expand the policy.