Supreme Court sides with Trump over immigration restrictions

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Supreme Court sides with Trump over immigration restrictions
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Supreme Court sides with Trump over immigration restrictions
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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ended all injunctions against the Trump administration’s new rules regarding asylum. The change in policy now blocks immigrants from seeking asylum in the US if they traveled through a third country, such as Mexico, without already attempting to receive asylum there. Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were the only members of the court to dissent with the decision.

“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 in regards to the decision. Their sentiments were shared by numerous Democrats, including multiple 2020 contenders.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Chair Zoe Lofgren, Democratic members of Congress, also panned the decision. “Lives will be lost,” they said. “This rule will result in those fleeing fear and persecution to be turned away at our doorstep and will only exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the [Central American] region. The United States can and must do better.”

President Trump, on the other hand, was quite pleased by the development. Following the announcement, Trump tweeted, “BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!”

There is currently a backlog of around 800,000 asylum cases pending in US immigration court. However, only about 20 percent of applicants are ultimately approved.

 

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