Trump’s asylum ban may violate international law, top UN official says

SFGate | 12/6/2018 | By Bob Egelko
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People peer from a tent at police talking with other migrants inside the Barretal migrant shelter in Tijuana.

As Justice Department lawyers urge a federal appeals court in San Francisco to reinstate President Trump’s ban on asylum for thousands of undocumented immigrants, the United Nations’ top refugee official has weighed in, telling a federal judge the restrictions appears to violate U.S. obligations under international law.

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The president’s Nov. 9 order conflicts with an international treaty that prohibits nations from “penalizing refugees for unlawful entry, expelling them, or returning them to territory where their lives or freedom would be threatened,” lawyers for the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said Wednesday in a proposed filing with U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar.

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Tigar issued a nationwide one-month restraining order Nov. 19 halting enforcement of Trump’s directive barring immigrants from seeking asylum if they enter the U.S. illegally at the Mexican border. The order says asylum seekers must present themselves at designated ports of entry, a limited number of official sites where migrants currently...
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