UPDATED 11:50 AM PT — Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018
The White House has filed an appeal to a federal judge’s ruling, which blocks the president’s new asylum policy. According to court documents filed Wednesday, the Trump administration told the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals it plans to appeal the December ruling.
The U.S. district judge initially stopped the asylum order, saying it violated current immigration laws.
The order prevented people from claiming asylum based on domestic or gang violence when they report to immigration officials. The policy also stopped people from being able to claim asylum if they crossed into the U.S. illegally.
As the migrant situation continues at the border, the Homeland Security secretary is taking steps to ensure proper procedures are being followed.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is set to visit the U.S.- Mexico border soon. She will reportedly be reviewing her agency’s treatment of migrants after an eight-year-old boy died, while in U.S. detention. The official cause of death has not been announced.
This comes after thousands of migrants in the so-called caravan flooded the southern border, which has contributed to the border battle between Republicans and Democrats as the government remains partially shutdown.