In victory for Trump, top United States court permits asylum restrictions

Supreme Court allows Trump plan to curb migrants

Supreme Court allows Trump plan to curb migrants

Trump took to Twitter to hail the move, saying: "BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!".

"Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution", Sotomayer wrote in her dissenting opinion, the Washington Post reported.

President Donald Trump has already drastically re-shaped the ideological makeup of the Ninth Circuit by appointing seven conservative judges to the court's ranks. Tigar's ruling forbade Trump's new asylum policy in some states along the southern border.

President Trump said he disagreed with the judge's ruling, and the idea of single federal judges issuing nationwide injunctions in general - a phenomenon that has exploded under his administration. This means almost everyone from Central America, Africa, or anywhere else who went through Mexico to get to the United States can be denied asylum on the spot if they cannot demonstrate they first applied for asylum in Mexico and were denied.

The shift reverses decades of US policy. The justices' order late Wednesday, Sept. 11, temporarily undoes a lower court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border.

Tigar reinstated the injunction Monday evening after opponents of the asylum ban presented the court with new evidence.

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They were both trumped by Supreme Court, which will allow the asylum restriction to remain in place until the underlying legality of the rule is determined at trial.

The policy, issued in July, was meant to discourage migrants from Central American who have streamed north in recent months, prepared to make iffy asylum claims and counting on the backlogged US system and lax standards for initial asylum claims to earn them a foothold in the U.S. "The lives of thousands of families are at stake", said Lee Gelernt, the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who is representing immigrant advocacy groups in the case. The rule would keep asylum protections for Mexican citizens.

Official statistics show the number of people apprehended or declared inadmissible at the southern border has dropped to around 64,000 in August, from more than 144,000 in May.

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". 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.

That left the administration free to enforce the policy on asylum seekers arriving in New Mexico and Texas. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco blocked the new policy from taking effect in late July.

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