Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

Most people crossing the southern border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty.

The rule would block almost all families and individuals from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala from entering the United States as asylum seekers after crossing through Mexico.

"Our Supreme Court is sentencing people to death". Of the 900,000 immigration cases waiting trial, 436,000 include asylum applications, it said.

Eight days after the rule went into effect in July, California-based US District Judge Jon Tigar issued a nationwide injunction blocking it.

Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the ACLU, which is challenging the Trump administration's asylum ban, said the Supreme Court's ruling "is just a temporary step" and expressed hope that "we'll prevail at the end of the day".

He also said things were looking better for the ratification of a new free trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

"Lives will be lost". "I didn't want to leave my sons without a mother". If their requests are then denied, they may ask the USA government for asylum. He said he fled his home country after running afoul of the Nicaraguan government with many acts of civil disobedience.

"What that means [is] while that's going on, we can fully implement this rule along the entire southwest border to hit this crisis".

Read the full report at the New York Times.

Now, under the new rule families, including children, who have passed through Mexico can be deported immediately back to their native countries without any thought being paid to the risks they might face on their return.

Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits
Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

In Tijuana, Ngoh Elliot Takere of Cameroon stood only steps from the USA and felt overwhelmed by frustration after learning that he could be blocked from getting in.

"There are no deep differences, there's no discrepancy, nothing that could lead them to take measures or apply measures that affect the economy, the development of our country", López Obrador said.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said this week she was concerned that immigration policies implemented in Mexico, the USA and some Central American countries "are putting migrants at heightened risk of human rights violations and abuses".

In an order issued on Wednesday night, the court gave the Trump administration policy the green light to turn away those asylum seekers who have passed through a third country before reaching the southern border. Tigar's ruling forbade Trump's new asylum policy in some states along the southern border.

The legal challenge to the new policy has a brief but somewhat convoluted history.

But Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee, and Zoe Lofgren, the head of the judiciary panel's immigration subcommittee, called the court's decision disappointing.

US law states explicitly that people can arrive anywhere along the border - not just at official ports of entry - and ask for asylum.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been at pains to avoid angering Trump in the fraught discussions over trade and migration, mindful that Mexico sends around 80% of its exports to the United States. "And in the district court, the parties recently participated in an evidentiary hearing to supplement the record", Sotomayor wrote in her dissent.

The majority of the High Court justices sided with Trump, but liberal justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented, with Sotomayor writing, "Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution". Tigar wrote in the decision that he was reviving the nationwide injunction because nonprofits like one of the plaintiffs in the case can not predict where asylum seekers will make their claims. They would be placed in fast-track deportation proceedings and flown to their home countries at US expense. "The lives of thousands of families are at stake", he added. Trump said on Twitter. Under the new policy, they would fail the test unless they sought asylum in at least one country they travelled through and were denied.



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