Court blocks 'Remain in Mexico' policy on part of US border

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 04 2020 Mar 4, 2020 March 04, 2020 6:38 PM March 04, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines
FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2019 file photo, migrants, many who were returned to Mexico under the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" program, wait in line to get a meal in an encampment near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico. A federal appeals court has temporarily halted a major Trump administration policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration courts. A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, in a 2-1 vote to put on hold the policy that furthered President Donald Trump's asylum crackdown. (AP Photo/Veronica G. Cardenas, File)

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — In the latest twist for a signature Trump administration immigration policy, a federal appeals court said it is halting a policy next week to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for court hearings in the United States.

But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Wednesday that it would only block the “Remain in Mexico” policy in Arizona and California, the two border states where its authority extends.

It comes after the same court halted the policy along the entire southern border on Friday but suspended its own order later the same day after the government warned of dire consequences. “Remain in Mexico” is a key part of the Trump administration’s response to large numbers of people appearing at the border to seek asylum.

The Trump administration says it is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and had asked the policy to remain in place until next week for the high court to rule.

On Wednesday, the judges said the “Remain in Mexico” policy will no longer be in effect on Mexico’s border with California and Arizona starting March 12. The three-judge panel declined to extend its order to federal court circuits in the two other states that border Mexico — New Mexico and Texas.

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