Supreme Court Allows Full Enforcement of Asylum Crackdown

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

"Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution", Sotomayor and Ginsburg wrote.

The decision - temporarily in effect while lower court proceedings play out - is a victory for Trump's restrictive immigration policies, which he has made a central pillar of his presidency but which have been repeatedly challenged in court.

Trump celebrated the decision on Twitter, praising the "BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!".

Under the new rules, migrants would be barred from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they have traveled through a third "safe country" en route to the American border, unless they also applied for asylum in that country.

Curbing migration to the U.S. has been a key goal of his presidency and forms a major part of his bid for re-election in 2020.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing four nonprofit organizations, sued to challenge the rule, which it said would virtually eliminate asylum at the southern border.

Asylum-seekers are using the old initial screening rules as a loophole that gets them released into the interior where the vast majority are never seen by the government again unless they're caught committing other crimes. But it affects people from beyond the region too.

USA district judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco blocked the new policy from taking effect in late July.

As Fox News noted, on Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ended the nationwide injunction against the Trump ban but only did so partially, leaving California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, Oregon and Washington, all within the province of the 9th Circuit, immune from the Trump ban. The court would then determine whether a stay should remain in effect.

"The lives of thousands of families are at stake", Gelernt said in a statement.

It's been documented that most of the people crossing the southern USA border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries.

"In effect, the rule forbids nearly all Central Americans [.] to apply for asylum in the United States if they enter or seek to enter through the southern border, unless they were first denied asylum in Mexico or another third country", she wrote. The rule would keep asylum protections for Mexican citizens. They accused the administration of pursuing an "asylum ban" and jeopardizing the safety and security of migrants fleeing persecution and seeking safety in the United States.

The administration said the rule screens out asylum claims that are unlikely to succeed and "deters aliens without a genuine need for asylum from making the arduous and potentially risky journey from Central America to the United States".

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