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Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

Jacquelyn Martin / AP Photo

California sets a boundary

On Monday, California federal judge Richard Seeborg blocked the Trump administration’s new “Migrant Protection Protocol” policy, unofficially titled “Remain in Mexico.” The law allows U.S. border control to send asylum seekers back to Mexico while they await an immigration court hearing.

Changeup at the head office

Seeborg’s ruling came in light of significant turn-over in the Immigration Department, specifically with the removal of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secret Service Director Randolph Alles. Their removal perhaps signaling the administration’s movement towards tightening border regulation.


Fox News: California judge blocks Trump's policy forcing asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico

NY Post: Trump blasts judge’s decision on immigration policy as ‘unfair’

The right focuses heavily on the reasoning behind the “Remain in Mexico” policy. They argue that the regulation is meant to sort out weak claims and those trying to take advantage of asylum legislation in order to enter the country. They emphasize the crisis state of the border and the difficulties patrol officers are having policing the area now, framing Trump’s increased legislation in a very positive light.


CNN: Judge blocks policy forcing some asylum seekers to remain in Mexico

Vox: Judge tells Trump to stop sending Central American asylum seekers back to Mexico

The left highlights the danger “Remain in Mexico” can potentially bring to asylum seekers who feel they are in danger when in their home country. They also mention Trump’s recent layoffs and crack down on border control as ominous foreshadowing to what the administration might have in store when it comes to immigration.

Where’s the common ground?

While it is clear that the right and left disagree on how the Southern border should best be policed, neither side wishes to deny true asylum seekers safety. Rather, the argument seems to be more centered around whether all people claiming the need for asylum should be given the benefit of the doubt, or remain outside the U.S. until their claims are validated.

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