As a federal judge ordered the return of a mother and daughter deported by the Trump Administration, I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Friday about the challenge posed by courts to the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on immigration.
The discussion notes that the judge could strike down Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ order in June that asylum cannot be sought on grounds of gang violence or domestic violence (the mother who was illegally deported is one of the plaintiffs in the case, who are seeking asylum because of spousal abuse).
We link that to other court decisions that have checked the Administration, notably the rulings that halted the separation of immigrant children from parents and demanded the reunion of families.
And we also look at the politics around the issue, with Trump and advisor Stephen Miller believing that “zero tolerance” will be vote-winner in November’s Congressional elections.
Listen from 1:09: