September 9, 2019 / 5:43 PM / 6 days ago

Trump border official says frustrated by judge ruling blocking asylum ban

FILE PHOTO: Migrant families turn themselves to U.S. Border Patrol to seek asylum following an illegal crossing of the Rio Grande in Hidalgo, Texas, U.S., August 23, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top U.S. border official said he was frustrated by a federal judge’s ruling on Monday that dealt a setback to a Trump administration rule that sought to block almost all asylum applications at the border.

“My reaction is: I’m frustrated,” acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan, told reporters at the White House.

He criticized the “unprecedented judicial activism” which he said meant every time the administration came up with a policy to “address this crisis, we end up getting enjoined. It’s very very frustrating, but we’re just going to keep going.”

Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Writing by Mohammad Zargham, Editing by Franklin Paul

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