The Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a victory, after its decision to allow their new immigration restrictions against asylum seekers to be applied. The decision will give a boost to efforts by the White House to stem the flow of immigrants at the southern border.
Its decision late on Sept.11 puts an end to all injunctions that were blocking the White House bans on immigrants that attempt to enter the U.S. by first traveling through another country such as Mexico, without first applying for protection status there.
In 2019, around 350,000 asylum-seekers from the northern triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala so far have been intercepted by Border Patrol, people attempting to enter the United States from these areas would, as a rule, need to apply for protection in Mexico first.
President Trump said the ruling was a big victory, “BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!” President Donald Trump said on Twitter. The Supreme Court ruling is not a total victory, as it is not a final ruling, the case will still be fought out in the lower courts, and it may drag on for months.
The government put forth in the paper it filed with the Supreme Court, it’s policy “screens out asylum seekers who declined to request protection at the first opportunity,” and thus “deters aliens without a genuine need for asylum from making the arduous and potentially dangerous journey from Central America to the United States,” reports the WSJ.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, filed a dissent. “Once again the executive branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend long-standing practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution. Although this nation has long kept its doors open to refugees—and although the stakes for asylum-seekers couldn’t be higher—the government implemented its rule without first providing the public notice and inviting the public input generally required by law,” Justice Sotomayor wrote.
The Sept. 11 court ruling differs from the Supreme Court order from December 2018, where the vote was 5-4, and judges disallowed the lower-court orders from the Trump administration to deny asylum eligibility to anyone who didn’t apply at an official port of entry.
White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement: “We are pleased the Supreme Court has ruled our administration can implement important, needed fixes to the broken asylum system.” This greatly helps build on the progress we’ve made addressing the crisis at our southern border and will ultimately make American communities safer. The district court’s erroneous nationwide injunction was another in a series of overreaching orders that allowed a single, nonelected district court judge to override policy decisions for the entire nation,” reported the WSJ.