Court allows return of asylum seekers to Mexico

Asylum seekers eat outside the El Chaparral port of entry as they wait for a turn to present themselves to U.S. border authorities to request asylum in Tijuana on April 9.
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A federal appeals court has temporarily blocked a judge’s order that would have stopped the Trump administration from returning asylum seekers to Mexico.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay Friday.

A three-judge panel set a Tuesday deadline for civil liberties groups to submit arguments why the order blocking the Trump administration should take effect. It set a Wednesday deadline for the government to argue why the policy should remain in place.


Judge Richard Seeborg ruled Monday in favor of civil liberties groups who want to halt the practice while their lawsuit moves forward challenging the policy. His order had been set to take effect Friday afternoon.

Seeborg said the policy violates U.S. law by failing to evaluate dangers migrants face in Mexico.

The government says Seeborg’s order is erroneous and endangers the public during a humanitarian crisis at the border.