The White House on Wednesday, July 24, hailed a federal judge who ruled the Trump administration can enforce its new restrictions on asylum for people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, “Today’s ruling in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia is a victory for Americans concerned about the crisis at our southern border. The court properly rejected the attempt of a few special interest groups to block a rule that discourages abuse of our asylum system.”

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly of the District of Columbia refused to grant a temporary restraining order from Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services earlier Wednesday.

Kelly said the immigrant advocacy groups that sued didn’t prove that their work would be “irreparably harmed” if the policy went into effect.

“The rule properly encourages migrants to seek asylum in other countries they have traveled through before reaching the United States and makes those who fail to do so ineligible for asylum, thereby foreclosing opportunistic claims by those who want to exploit our asylum system in an effort to immigrate unlawfully to the United States.”

“Tens of thousands of migrants making opportunistic asylum claims have not only exacerbated the crisis at our southern border but also have harmed genuine asylum-seekers, who are forced to wait years for relief because our system is clogged with meritless claims,” she added.

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The case is the first challenge to a rule that prevents migrants from applying for asylum if they have migrated through a third country and have not first sought protection from persecution on their trip to the United States, according to The Hill.

The two groups filed suit earlier this month a day after the restrictions were first announced. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a similar lawsuit in San Francisco and is set to deliver arguments 

There are exceptions in the rule for victims of trafficking. The rule would primarily effect Central American immigrants crossing through Mexico.

Includes reporting from the Associated Press

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