SAN DIEGO (AP) — Critics of the Trump administration's most sweeping set of rules to restrict asylum in the United States sent in a deluge of comments opposing the effort, hoping an old law that serves as a check on presidential power will weaken or even doom it.
Opponents submitted nearly 80,000 public comments before Wednesday's deadline, with about 20,000 in the final hours. The Trump administration must address each concern in the final rules, setting itself up for legal challenges if it rushes or is careless.
"This is kind of standard administrative law trench warfare," said Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western University School of Law. "It has been the case for some time that opponents of an agency action initially seek to flood the zone w