The Supreme Court of the United states allowed the Trump administration to carry on with the policy for migrants seeking asylum in USA.
The US Supreme Court has allowed the government to severely limit the ability of migrants to claim asylum.
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to enforce a ban on nearly all asylum seekers arriving at the southern border. The decision today undoes the lower court’s ruling blocking Trump’s asylum policy in some states along the border.
Groups challenging the policy in court say that it violates the US refugee act and the UN refugee convention guaranteeing the right to seek asylum to those fleeing persecution.
In a scathing dissent to today’s order, justices Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Sonya Sotomayor say that the Supreme Court “sidesteps the ordinary judicial process” by overriding proceedings in the lower courts.
The Trump administration policy restricting asylum would ban everyone — including children traveling on their own — from seeking asylum in the US unless they apply first in their country of transit. In July, a federal judge in California who blocked the policy said it was unclear that Mexico and Guatemala could handle the volume of migrants passing through their countries and process their asylum claims.
The policy bars people arriving at the US southern border from seeking protection if they failed to do so in a country they passed through en route. Legal challenges continue but the ruling means for now it can be enforced nationwide. The plan will affect tens of thousands of Central American migrants who travel north, often on foot, through Mexico.
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard
, who chairs the House appropriations committee on homeland security, said the court is “jeopardizing the lives of coutless asylum seekers — innocent men, women, and children.”
"I vehemently disagree with the Supreme Court majority's decision to enable Donald Trump's assault on our asylum system. They are jeopardizing the lives of countless asylum-seekers—innocent men, women, and children.
This is not a game. This is life or death. We cannot be silent. "
2020 presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke
, who lives in and once represent the border town of El Paso, Texas, said, “The Supreme Court has put lives in danger.”
"Trump's policy on asylum seekers isn't only racist, it's cruel—preventing some of the world's most desperate and vulnerable human beings from finding safety. With its decision today, The Supreme Court has put lives in danger. "
However there are some who are celebrating the Supreme court decision. The Trump administration’s acting director of citizenship and immigration services further celebrated the supreme court’s action by calling it a “YUGE Win
”, alluding to Donald Trump’s particular way of speaking.
"(1/x) YUGE Win at #SCOTUS
today! With only two dissents, #SCOTUS
removed the injunctions against @USCIS
’ rule requiring asylum seekers to apply for asylum at a country they pass through on their way to the US southern border. While congress continues to do nothing...(2/x) @realDonaldTrump
’s administration uses every tool in the toolbox to try and solve the crisis at our southern border. @USCIS
will commence implementing the asylum rule ASAP."