The American Civil Liberties Union and other advocacy groups filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging a new rule by the Trump administration barring most immigrants from obtaining US asylum if they pass through Mexico.The new rule redefining asylum eligibility was to take effect Tuesday. It is the latest attempt to stem the flow of undocumented migrants into the United States and comes with the White House frustrated at Congress’s failure to toughen immigration laws.
“This is the Trump administration’s most extreme run at an asylum ban yet,” ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said in a statement after the suit was filed at federal court in San Francisco.
“It clearly violates domestic and international law, and cannot stand,” Gelernt added.
Cracking down on migration has been a signature policy of President Donald Trump.
The lawsuit against the government argues that the new rule was in violation of immigration laws that clearly state that asylum could not be denied based on a person’s route to the United States.