The new policy would deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the United States without first seeking asylum there. The Supreme Court is not supposed to be used as a way for the government to jump the queue and ignore lower court litigation. The Justice Department says more than 436,000 pending cases include an asylum application. The organization provides legal assistance to migrants in San Diego and Tijuana.
Under another Trump administration policy, introduced in January, more than 40,000 asylum seekers have been forced to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through the clogged American immigration courts.
Under the rule, people arriving via a third country must claim asylum there first before arriving at the United States border. But it should not be glossed over that officials likely know full well that their new rule will put untold numbers at grave risk, and are implementing it anyway - with the high court's blessing. "And me, setting foot in Nicaragua again, what could happen to me is I could get locked up, be detained, and processed in Nicaragua for the crimes that they accuse me of - terrorism and high treason against the government of Nicaragua".
The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for President Donald Trump's new asylum rules to take effect, suspending a pair of injunctions by a California federal judge that had tried to block the controversial policy changes.
Lopez Obrador, who spoke with Trump by telephone on Wednesday, told the news conference the call was fruitful and there was nothing that would lead to the imposition of measures that would hurt the Mexican economy.
Now this Trumpian corruption of our government is featured in a very tough dissent written by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in an interesting way.
Sotomayor's dissent - joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - argued that Trump's asylum ban represents a radical overturning of our longstanding offer of safe refuge to the persecuted, without public input.
The rule change means they would fail had they not claimed asylum in another country they had first passed through. They would be placed in fast-track deportation proceedings and flown to their home countries at USA expense.
"This is just a temporary step, and we're hopeful we'll prevail at the end of the day", ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt said.
The shift will impact virtually all of the thousands of families from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who pass through Mexico on the perilous journey north.
"This is the latest step in terms of Trump's policies to push Mexico to become a safe third country, and to make a big chunk of the migration flow stay in Mexico permanently and deter them from traveling north", said Raúl Benítez, a professor of worldwide relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
"If [asylum seekers] have a valid claim, they should be seeking help and asylum from the first country they come in contact with", Morgan said during an appearance on "Fox & Friends".
Despite his comments, Ebrard sought to send an upbeat message on US-Mexican relations, saying he had positive meetings in Washington Tuesday with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to review Mexico's progress in implementing a deal to reduce irregular migration.
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