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Trump Asylum Restrictions Hobbled by Judges on Both Coasts

  • ACLU claims president gutted protection for oppressed migrants
  • Rulings are administration’s latest immigration policy setback
A Central American migrant holds an American flag near along the the US and Mexico border in Tijuana on Nov. 25. 

A Central American migrant holds an American flag near along the the US and Mexico border in Tijuana on Nov. 25. 

Photographer: Tomas Ayuso/Bloomberg
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Judges on both coasts of the U.S. dealt fresh blows to the Trump administration’s restrictions on immigrants seeking political asylum, signaling that the president faces a long legal battle to seal the southern border even as he continues to stoke fear about threats to national security.

In separate lawsuits, federal judges in Washington and San Francisco on Wednesday blocked rules that make it harder for immigrants to seek protection in the U.S. from domestic and gang violence and other dangerous situations in their native countries.