A judicial flip-flop is causing chaos at the border.
US authorities shut down a bridge in El Paso, Texas, late Friday after a federal appeals court dealt a sharp blow to President Trump’s border-enforcement strategy — then suspended its order hours later.
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a program that requires Central American migrants to wait outside the US while their asylum cases are pending.
More than 100 migrants stormed the Ciudad Juarez-El Paso border bridge as word of the ruling spread in the Mexican camps where at least 25,000 asylum seekers are waiting, authorities said.
The Department of Justice credits the policy, known as “Remain in Mexico,” with a steep drop in border arrests, which have plunged 80% from their peak last May — but the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to end it, calling it “unspeakably cruel.”
The court put its ruling on hold in response to an emergency motion from the Trump administration that an end to the program “could prompt a rush on the southern border.”
Justice officials have until Monday to file a response — and will likely appeal the case to the Supreme Court, which has ruled in the administration’s favor on other immigration cases.
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