The Ninth Circuit Appeals Court has temporarily blocked the Trump administration's Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, which requires asylum-seeking migrants to wait in Mexico during their immigration proceedings, court documents revealed on Friday.
"The panel affirmed the district court's grant of a temporary restraining order and a subsequent grant of a preliminary injunction enjoining enforcement of a rule and presidential proclamation that, together, strip asylum eligibility from every migrant who crosses into the United States along the southern border of Mexico between designated ports of entry", the court wrote in its opinion.
Legal service groups representing asylum-seeking migrants challenged the Trump administration's policy and presented their argument in October 2019.
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit previously granted a temporary halt to the MPP in April, but allowed the policy to resume in May while the Trump administration appealed the injunction.
About 56,000 asylum-seekers along the US southern border have been subjected to the Trump administration's MPP policy with very few migrants granted asylum.