US President Donald Trump has suffered another defeat in court with his strict immigration policy. A federal judge in Washington banned the government for the time being, a provision for the removal of illegal immigrants without court hearings significantly expand, as one of the applicants said.
Originally, migrants arrested within 14 days of their illegal entry into the US at most one hundred kilometers from the border could be deported without a court hearing. The US Department of Homeland Security extended this rule to a period of two years after entry and throughout the US territory at the end of July.
This arbitrary decision by the government was unconstitutional, said Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. The extension of deportations in summary proceedings inflicts "irreparable damage" on those affected.
Among other things, the American Immigration Council (AIC), which is campaigning for the rights of immigrants, was sued. "The Trump government wanted to expel as many foreign citizens as possible, using a procedure with deep gaps," said AIC lawyer Trina Realmuto the court decision. Asylum seekers were thus victims of an "unjust deportation".
Border with Mexico - Protests against Donald Trump The US President has visited a construction site of the border wall between the US and Mexico. In nearby San Diego was protested against it. © Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP / Getty Images
The US Department of Justice reacted angrily to the court decision. The Federal Court had abused its authority and made a decision "in direct contradiction with the Congress's mandate to the Department of Homeland Security to act swiftly to expel foreigners of the country who have no right to be here". Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said: "Once again, a single federal judge has suspended the application of federal law nationwide." As a result, many illegally arrived foreigners would not be held accountable.
Tens of thousands of immigrants arrive each month across the southern border of the US. They come mostly from Central American countries like El Salvador and Guatemala and flee from poverty and violence.
In the presidential campaign of 2016, the fight against illegal immigration was one of Trump's key promises. His immigration policy is repeatedly challenged in court. On Friday, a federal court in California violated the Trump government's plan to allow indefinite detention of illegally immigrant children.