Feds, Texas Fight Over Court's Power To Block Asylum Policy

By Dorothy Atkins (May 23, 2022, 3:46 PM EDT) -- The federal government and Texas offered starkly different views Friday on whether a Texas federal judge can block President Joe Biden's new immigration policy vesting asylum officers with greater power over asylum requests, with the government arguing that only D.C. federal courts can decide such disputes.

The parties' dueling briefs focused on Section 1252(f)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits courts besides the U.S. Supreme Court from attempting to "enjoin or restrain the operation of" federal immigration laws.

The federal government argued in its brief that the "plain terms" of the statute bar courts from interfering with the government's...

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