On Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration could legally prevent “asylum” seeking migrants from entering the United States.
The Supreme Court’s decision undid a lower court decision and will allow the United States to deny asylum to those who pass through a different country on their way to the United States.
Shortly after the decision was made, President Trump tweeted, “BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!”
Back in July, the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice released the following statement:
On July 16th, a joint Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will publish in the Federal Register … Specifically, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are revising 8 C.F.R. § 208.13(c) and 8 C.F.R. § 1208.13(c) to add a new bar to eligibility for asylum for an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border, but who did not apply for protection from persecution or torture where it was available in at least one third country outside the alien’s country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which he or she transited en route to the United States.
Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan noted, “Until Congress can act, this interim rule will help reduce a major ‘pull’ factor driving irregular migration to the United States and enable DHS and DOJ to more quickly and efficiently process cases originating from the southern border, leading to fewer individuals transiting through Mexico on a dangerous journey.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
As Fox News noted, on Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ended the nationwide injunction against the Trump ban but only did so partially, leaving California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, Oregon and Washington, all within the province of the 9th Circuit, immune from the Trump ban.
In July, Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco blocked the White House ban. He wrote, “While the public has a weighty interest in the efficient administration of the immigration laws at the border, it also has a substantial interest in ensuring that the statutes enacted by its representatives are not imperiled by executive fiat,” adding that the injunction “would vindicate the public’s interest — which our existing immigration laws clearly articulate — in ensuring that we do not deliver aliens into the hands of their persecutors,” as The Texas Tribune reported.
Tigar’s decision prompted three judges on the 9th Circuit to tighten Tigar’s order so only Arizona and California would be under its rubric. New Mexico and Texas remained under the White House order.
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