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In victory for Trump, top US court permits asylum restrictions

US Supreme Court allows President Donald Trump's administration to implement asylum restrictions

9/12/2019 11:45:00 AM

US Supreme Court allows President Donald Trump's administration to implement asylum restrictions

Supreme Court gives green light for administration to roll out new rules that would make it harder for Central America n migrants to claim asylum in the US.

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed President Donald Trump's administration to implement asylum restrictions that prevent most Central American migrants from applying at the US border.Democrats said the ruling puts people's lives at risk.

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The decision, temporarily in effect while lower court proceedings play out, is a victory for Trump's restrictive immigration policies, which he has made a central pillar of his presidency but which have been repeatedly challenged in court.The top court stayed a decision by a lower court that had blocked the restrictions, which declare ineligible for asylum any migrants who enter the US from the southern border and who have not asked for asylum protection in any of the countries they crossed to get to there.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dissenting from the decision, wrote that: "Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution.""In effect, the rule forbids almost all Central Americans... to apply for asylum in the US if they enter or seek to enter through the southern border, unless they were first denied asylum in Mexico or another third country," she wrote.

Trump took to Twitter to hail the move, saying, "BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!"The decision "greatly helps build on the progress we've made addressing the crisis at our southern border and will ultimately make American communities safer," White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

Lee Gelernt, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups challenging the asylum restrictions, expressed hope that "we'll prevail at the end of the day." 'Life and death'"The lives of thousands of families are at stake," Gelernt said in a statement.

Democrats in the House of Representatives made a similar point."Lives will be lost. This rule will result in those fleeing fear and persecution to be turned away at our doorstep and will only exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the region," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the immigration and citizenship subcommittee, said in a joint statement.

"The United States can and must do better."House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel said that "for many refugees, this is life and death."My ancestors came to America seeking refuge. If this country had turned them away, they’d have been killed.

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