"The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States, while the legal fight plays out in the courts", reports the New York Times.
It's been documented that most of the people crossing the southern USA border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries. Like so much of Trump's immigration policy, this one presents another lose-lose.
"The asylum ban the Supreme Court has upheld could be a death sentence for people in search of safety and protection". The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the US without seeking protection there.
Now such individuals will be turned away if they don't first apply for asylum in any country they pass through on the way here.
It's known migrants from Central America are unlikely to be granted asylum by Mexico or another country on the road to the USA southern border.
She also said, "The rule the government promulgated topples decades of settled asylum practices and affects some of the most vulnerable people in the Western Hemisphere - without affording the public a chance to weigh in". They would be placed in fast-track deportation proceedings and flown to their home countries at US expense. This suggests that our process for evaluating such requests-and separating those who "genuinely fear persecution or torture" from those who "are simply economic migrants", as Francisco put it-is already working. The Department of Justice appealed the decision, and that appeal is still pending in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
While the Supreme Court's order is not a final ruling on the policy's merits, it does allow the policy to take effect nationwide, including in the 9th Circuit, while the case makes its way through the lower courts. They are largely ineligible under the new rule, as are asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and South America who arrive regularly at the southern border. "The lives of thousands of families are at stake".