Trump administration can begin enforcing new asylum restrictions, Supreme Court rules

Supreme Court says Trump administration can deny asylum while legal fight continues

Officials in the Trump administration say they have begun implementing a new policy which effectively denies asylum to most migrants at the United States' southern border.

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".

Under the rule, people arriving via a third country must claim asylum there first before arriving at the U.S. border.

Then on Monday, Tigar released a new order again blocking the policy everywhere in the U.S. The following day, the 9th Circuit court again limited Tigar's order to the states of California and Arizona. This amendment gave the administration the authority to enforce the policy on asylum seekers arriving in New Mexico and Texas.

The court has not ruled on whether US President Donald Trump's reform is legal, rather green-lighting the administration's right to impose it temporarily.

The rule drew legal challenges including from a coalition of groups represented by the ACLU who accused the administration of pursuing an "asylum ban" and jeopardizing the safety of migrants fleeing persecution.

"BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!" he tweeted at 6:47 p.m. on September 11.

Supreme Court says Trump administration can deny asylum while legal fight continues

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar had blocked the Trump administration's approach.

That gesture has led to a decline in USA apprehensions and rejections of migrants at the border, which totaled 64,000 people in August, down 22% from July and 56% from a high mark in May. The administration has said that it wants to close the gap between an initial asylum screening that most people pass and a final decision on asylum that most people do not win. The White House spokesperson, meanwhile, said the district court's nationwide injunction was another in a series of "overreaching" orders that allowed a single, non-elected district court judge to "override" policy decisions for the entire nation.

Mindful of domestic political pressure not to cave in to the United States, Ebrard repeated that Mexico expected USA authorities to curb the southward flow of illegal weapons into Mexico, a stance his government has adopted to counter US demands to do more to stop migrants heading north. They would be placed in fast-track deportation proceedings and flown to their home countries at US expense.

The diversion of the Pentagon funds to border wall construction was justified under a controversial emergency declaration made by Trump after Congress repeatedly denied the president money for the project.

The shift will impact virtually all of the thousands of families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who pass through Mexico on the perilous journey north.

Successive Mexican governments have pointed out that illicit arms sales from the United States into Mexico have fueled turf wars between drug gangs and clashes with security forces, exacerbating social problems and adding to migratory pressures.

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