US Supreme Court allows Donald Trump to deny asylum

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The US Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request by President Donald Trump’s administration. Grant is to fully enforce a new rule that would curtail asylum applications. The immigrants at the US-Mexico border, a key element of his hardline immigration policies.

The court said the rule could go into effect as litigation challenging its legality continues.

Among the nine judges on the court, liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented. “BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!” Mr Trump said on Twitter.

The rule would bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the southern border. It represents the latest effort by Mr Trump’s administration to crack down on immigration. In her dissent, Ms Sotomayor said that the government’s rule may be in significant tension with the asylum statute.

Reactions to the new Rule

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

Then began a back-and-forth between Tigar and the 9th Circuit, which scaled back the injunction. Only so that the Trump rule was blocked in the border states of California and Arizona. While still in effect in Texas and New Mexico. Tigar ruled to restore the nationwide ban on Monday, but the 9th Circuit scaled it back again on Tuesday night.

“This is just a temporary step, and we’re hopeful we’ll prevail at the end of the day,” ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said. “The lives of thousands of families are at stake.”

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 US-Mexico border in large numbers during his presidency. The rule would block nearly all families and individuals from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala from entering the United States as asylum seekers after crossing through Mexico. The rule would keep asylum protections for Mexican citizens.

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

The rule drew legal challenges including from a coalition of groups represented by the ACLU who accused the administration. Accusation was regarding the pursue of an “asylum ban” and compromising the safety of migrants fleeing persecution.

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