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Judge declines to stay his order blocking admin policy making it more difficult for people to qualify for asylum

Posted January 25, 2019 12:07 p.m. EST

— Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan on Friday rejected a Justice Department request to stay his earlier ruling blocking the Trump administration's policy that makes it difficult for victims fleeing domestic and gang violence to qualify for asylum in the United States.

Last month, Sullivan agreed with a group of women and children who said the policy imposed a heightened standard in reviewing their claims, concluding that the administration must stop deporting migrants currently in the US "without first providing credible fear determinations consistent with the immigration laws."

Friday, he wrote: "The government now requests a stay, pending appeal of the Court's Order, to enable the unlawful policies to continue to apply in all expedited removal cases, except the plaintiffs. ... Defendants' motion for stay is DENIED."

The attorney general has full authority over the immigration courts -- a separate court system which operates under the Justice Department.

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