Friday, 20 September, 2019

Supreme Court Gives Green Light To Trump Administration's Asylum Rules

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Deanna Wagner | 13 September, 2019, 16:13

"WIN for the Border on Asylum!" With measures like this, he said, the Trump administration "is depriving us of the opportunity to be safe".

In our news wrap Thursday, the Trump administration began enforcing a new asylum policy after the Supreme Court allowed it to take effect nationwide. Tigar, who sits in Oakland, California, said the rule couldn't be squared with USA immigration law and the system Congress established for asylum applications. If they deny him again, he will try the United States.

"This is just a temporary step, and we're hopeful we'll prevail at the end of the day, " he said in a statement.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said this week she was concerned that immigration policies implemented in Mexico, the USA and some Central American countries "are putting migrants at heightened risk of human rights violations and abuses".

District Court Judge Jon Tigar, who was appointed by former president Barack Obama, issued such an injunction in July, blocking the rule from going into effect across the four states that share a border with Mexico.

Top officials in the Trump administration celebrated the Supreme Court ruling that struck down the injunction on an asylum rule.

President Trump's policy is a dramatic change in the way the federal government treats those seeking safe haven in the United States, and is one of the administration's most significant efforts to deter migrants at the southern border.

The court's ruling handed a victory to Trump at a time when much of his immigration agenda had been struck down by lower courts.

But Tigar on Monday expanded the injunction back to a national ban.

Mahecic pointed out that the Supreme Court had not yet addressed the "substance of the policy in question".

Cuccinelli said at an event hosted Thursday by Axios that the policy is needed to help alleviate the huge number of asylum cases in the US that have been driven by the surge Central American migrants. Under the new policy, they would fail the test unless they sought asylum in at least one country they traveled through and were denied.

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Saying that U.S. migration policy was already "very tough", he called the decision "unprecedented". "But it would apply to anyone coming through Mexico or other countries".

"Until there's some development in the merits of this case, the administration can implement its preferred policy", he said.

The rule prohibits migrants who have resided in or travelled through third countries from seeking asylum in US.

"We have seen outbreaks of acts of xenophobia in Mexico that did not exist before, mainly in the north of the country", said Israel Ibarra, an immigration expert with the Continente Movil consultancy in Tijuana.

Bolter and others expressed skepticism at the idea that the policy will actually deter people from attempting to cross the border. "We want them to get help and seek asylum in the first country they get to".

"This is the latest step in terms of Trump's policies to push Mexico to become a safe third country, and to make a big chunk of the migration flow stay in Mexico permanently and deter them from traveling north", said Raúl Benítez, a professor of global relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Tens of thousands of migrants and would-be asylum seekers are gathered on the U.S. -Mexico border, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.

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".

But the policy is already scheduled to be back in court on December 2, Bolter said, when the 9th Circuit will hear "the government's appeal of the district court's original preliminary injunction".

In an order issued on Wednesday night, the court gave the Trump administration policy the green light to turn away those asylum seekers who have passed through a third country before reaching the southern border.

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