A federal judge in California ruled this week that the Trump administration could not go through with a plan to ban asylum claims from Central Americans who have crossed through a “safe third country” to get to the United States border.
Though U.S. law, international agreements, and tradition all conspire to say that refugees should apply for asylum at the first safe country they come to, Judge Jon Tigar of the United States District Court in San Francisco somehow decided that President Trump did not have the proper authority to make that an official rule of asylum.
Strangely enough, Tigar’s decision came down on the same day that a separate federal court in Washington said that Trump could go forward with the policy. But you know liberals, they’ll keep judge shopping until they find one willing to ignore the law in favor of their agenda.
“This new rule is likely invalid because it is inconsistent with the existing asylum laws,” Judge Tigar wrote, accusing the administration of being “arbitrary and capricious” in their decision-making.
This rule, of course, is neither. It is a necessary first step towards solving a crisis that, left unabated, could destroy the U.S. as we know it. By some government estimates, up to 90% of these asylum claims are unacceptable. That’s why we have detention camps at the border overflowing with would-be refugees. That’s why Border Patrol agents are pulling their hair out in an effort to keep up with the madness. That’s why we cannot and must not allow these migrants to snatch up a work permit card and head off into the American wilderness. We’ll never hear from them again.
But it’s not up to Judge Tigar or any other federal judge to rule on those matters, which are political and opinion-based. It’s only up to the courts to decide whether or not the Trump administration is acting within its constitutional authority. It’s hard to imagine that a fair-minded judge could see this rule in any other light. The reasoning behind the rule is clear, definite, and specific. That the rule is also necessary and nation-saving is just gravy.
In blocking the administration, Judge Tigar concludes that countries like Guatemala and Mexico cannot be termed “safe” in the same way one might refer to the United States as safe. We wouldn’t necessarily disagree with that, but it’s not up to the U.S. to take in everyone who happens to be from a slightly worse country. That way lies self-destruction, and every damn Democrat in Congress knows it. Every 2020 candidate knows it. Judge Tigar knows it.
That they don’t care should be a stark warning to everyone else.