US Supreme Court authorises Trump to deny asylum to Central Americans

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Enforcement of New Trump Administration Restrictions on Asylum Seekers

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Enforcement of New Trump Administration Restrictions on Asylum Seekers

The justices' order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border.

Two of the justices of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, dissented on the order. A series of lower court rulings had put the rule on hold. "BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!"

Morgan said the Trump administration is "doing everything they can" by "utilizing every tool in the toolbox within the current legal framework to stop this crisis, while Congress sits on their hands and fails to do what they know they need to do to end this crisis".

The policy is among a host of measures Trump has taken in a bid to stem the flow of migrants, including the deployment of troops at the southern border.

The rule, which was unveiled on July 15, requires most asylum seekers to first apply for protection in a third country they enter on their way to the southern USA border. "And in the district court, the parties recently participated in an evidentiary hearing to supplement the record", Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

"It is especially concerning, moreover, that the rule the government promulgated topples decades of settled asylum practices and affects some of the most vulnerable people in the Western Hemisphere - without affording the public a chance to weigh in". The effects of the new policy could fall heavily on Mexico, leaving the country with tens of thousands of poor and desperate migrants with no hope of getting into the U.S.

"This is the ruling by the court, it's a USA issue, and obviously we don't agree with it, we have a different policy", Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference.

The court announced on Wednesday evening it would allow the enforcement of the new rules, pending government appeal of two decisions in the 9th Circuit Court.

He added: "They shouldn't be paying the cartels thousands of dollars and risking their lives to take a thousand-mile journey across several countries to get help".

The Republican president's administration issued the rule in an attempt to reduce the surging number of asylum claims primarily by Central American migrants who have crossed the U.S. -Mexico border in large numbers during his presidency.

The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the USA without seeking protection there.

In December, a divided Supreme Court refused to let Trump start automatically rejecting all asylum claims by people who cross the southern border illegally.

A reminder of President Trump's success in staffing the federal judiciary came September 11 when the U.S. Senate confirmed his 150th judicial nominee, marking what Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally, described as a "historic milestone".

"I did this so I didn't lose my life", she said.

It means the Trump administration can now enforce the rule everywhere while a legal challenge to it continues.

The Supreme Court's order is "just a temporary step", according to Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.

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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