US Supreme Court backs Trump on asylum crackdown

Migrants wait at an immigration center on the International Bridge 1 in Nuevo Laredo Mexico

Supreme Court clears the way for new asylum restrictions to take effect

The United States Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration on Wednesday in the legal fight over its restrictive policy requiring Central American asylum seekers to apply for asylum in Mexico first before attempting to do so in the U.S.

With only two dissenters, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayer, this opens the door for the rule to be applied across the nation.

President Donald Trump tweeted that it was a "BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!".

President Trump said he disagreed with the judge's ruling, and the idea of single federal judges issuing nationwide injunctions in general - a phenomenon that has exploded under his administration.

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.

Curbing migration to the United States has been a key goal of his presidency and forms a major part of his bid for re-election in 2020.

In response to a "Renewed Emergency Motion" submitted by the Justice Department, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an administrative order granting the government's request to stay the nationwide injunction put in place Monday night by U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar of California.

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.

The rules target tens of thousands of Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty who cross Mexico each month to seek asylum and would affect asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and South America who arrive regularly at the southern border.

But Ebrard said he told USA officials that neither his government or the Mexican Senate would agree to such a deal, stressing that he believes the two sides have accomplished "90%" of the goals they outlined in June, when Mr. Trump was threatening to impose tariffs on Mexican goods unless Mexico did more to stem the flow of migrants. They accused the administration of pursuing an "asylum ban" and jeopardizing the safety and security of migrants fleeing persecution and seeking safety in the United States. This amendment gave the administration the authority to enforce the policy on asylum seekers arriving in New Mexico and Texas.

The Supreme Court ruling is temporary but negates an earlier ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in late July.

The goal of the rule is to close the gap between initial screenings and hearings. -Mexican border outside of an official port of entry, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal justices in denying the request.

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