The Supreme Court has supported the implementation of the Trump administration’s new asylum policy which would limit the flow of asylum seekers from Central America.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the court overruled a lower court’s decision to block the asylum policy in some of the states on the southern border.
The new rule, which was published by the Federal Register, states that asylum-seekers will be considered ineligible if they pass through another country that has signed one of the major international treaties for how to treat refugees.
The rule, which is scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, is an escalation of President Donald Trump’s promise to crack down on illegal immigration and will apply to children who have crossed into the United States alone.
Several notable exceptions, however, are if the person has been trafficked, if the person applied for protection and was denied it or if the country they passed through does not adhere to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the 1967 Protocol, or the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The order, which came from the Supreme Court late on Wednesday and allows the rule to be enacted across the United States, was a split verdict with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting.
“Once again, the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution,” Sotomayor wrote according to the AP.
President Donald Trump rejoiced over the victory tweeting, “BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!”
BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum! https://t.co/9Ka00qK1Ob
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2019
Security Acting Secretary Department of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan issued a statement regarding the new rule:
“While the recent supplemental funding was absolutely vital to helping confront the crisis, the truth is that it will not be enough without targeted changes to the legal framework of our immigration system. 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.”
McAleenan went on to say that, “Ultimately, today’s action will reduce the overwhelming burdens on our domestic system caused by asylum-seekers failing to seek urgent protection in the first available country, economic migrants lacking a legitimate fear of persecution, and the transnational criminal organizations, traffickers, and smugglers exploiting our system for profits.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.