Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Trump Administration’s Asylum Rules

By Townhall. The Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday said the Trump administration is allowed to deny asylum to those who refused to seek refuge in another country first before coming to the United States, the Associated Press reported.

Justices Sonia Sotomayer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented with the rest of their colleagues.

“Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution,” Sotomayer wrote in her dissenting opinion, the Washington Post reported.. “Although this Nation has long kept its doors open to refugees — and although the stakes for asylum seekers could not be higher — the Government implemented its rule without first providing the public notice and inviting the public input generally required by law.”

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Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration to Enforce Toughest Restriction yet on Asylum Requests

By NBC News. . .As a result, the government can now refuse to consider a request for asylum from anyone who failed to apply for it in another country after leaving home but before coming here. The order means, for instance, that migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador cannot seek asylum in the U.S. if they didn’t first ask for it in Mexico.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying the court acted too quickly and should allow the case to work its way through the normal judicial process.

The administration said the new restriction is needed to respond to “an unprecedented surge” of people who enter the country illegally and seek asylum if they’re caught. But officials said only a small fraction of them are eventually found to be qualified. “The rule thus screens out asylum seekers who declined to request protection at their first opportunity,” said Solicitor General Noel Francisco. He said it allows immigration officials to concentrate on the asylum seekers who most need protection.

Immigration courts now face a backlog of 436,000 asylum requests. But given how few are actually granted, it’s reasonable to ask whether those applicants “genuinely fear persecution or torture, or are simply economic migrants,” Francisco said. (Read more from “Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration to Enforce Toughest Restriction yet on Asylum Requests” HERE)

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