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Nadler & Lofgren Respond to Federal Judge Halting President Trump’s Illegal Proclamation Denying Asylum to Immigrants

Washington, DC, November 20, 2018

Today, Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued the following joint statement in response to a federal judge halting President Trump's illegal proclamation denying asylum to immigrants fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries. In his order issued last night, Judge Jon S. Tigar noted that the President “may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”

In a joint statement, Reps. Nadler and Lofgren said:

“Once again, the courts have been forced to step in and preserve the rule of law. No one, including the President, can rewrite the Nation’s immigration laws on their own. Instead of these illegal and ill-conceived attempts to circumvent our laws, the President should work with Congress to achieve the necessary bipartisan reforms our immigration system needs. The American people expect and deserve better.”