Mexico pushes back after top U.S. court favors Trump on shunning migrants

Evarado Alatorre
Setiembre 13, 2019

The Trump administration's policy had been suspended since July, when a federal judge in California blocked its implementation on the grounds that it violated existing immigration law and had been rushed into effect, according to NBC News.

Under the new rules, migrants would be barred from seeking asylum in the United States if they have traveled through a third "safe country" en route to the American border, unless they also applied for asylum in that country.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has also slammed President Trump's proposed immigration policies and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's crackdown on illegal immigrants.

With this policy in place, it doesn't take much of an imagination to see human-smuggling rings turning to ships to deposit asylum seekers on USA soil without crossing through Mexico, in the process recreating in the Gulf of Mexico the kind of problems Europe is facing from migrants sailing across the Mediterranean from North Africa.

Then began a back-and-forth between Tigar and the 9th Circuit, which scaled back the injunction so that the Trump rule was blocked in the border states of California and Arizona while in effect in Texas and New Mexico. "BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!"

The rule would block almost all families and individuals from countries like El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala from entering the United States as asylum seekers after crossing through Mexico.

Two of the justices of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayer and Ruth Bader Ginsberg, dissented on the order. The 9th Circuit again narrowed his order on Tuesday. Tigar issued a new order on Monday that reimposed a nationwide hold on asylum policy.

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The high court action allows the Republican administration to impose the new policy everywhere while the court case against it continues. It's unclear how quickly the policy will be rolled out and how exactly it fits in with the other efforts by the administration to restrict border crossings and tighten asylum rules.

It also accepted the expansion of the "Remain in Mexico" policy, under which the USA has sent more than 40,000 asylum applicants back across the border to wait in Mexico.

Asylum seekers must pass an initial screening called a "credible fear" interview, a hurdle that a vast majority clear.

Migrants with valid claims "should be seeking help and asylum from the first country they come in contact with", Morgan said Thursday on Fox News. They would be placed in fast-track deportation proceedings and flown to their home countries at US expense.

In December, a divided Supreme Court refused to let Trump start automatically rejecting all asylum claims by people who cross the southern border illegally.

The American Civil Liberties Union, representing four nonprofit organizations, sued to challenge the rule, which it said would virtually eliminate asylum at the southern border.

He added: "They shouldn't be paying the cartels thousands of dollars and risking their lives to take a thousand-mile journey across several countries to get help".

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