The Supreme Court just handed President Trump a massive win on immigration. The court, reacting at Bill Barr’s urging to take up the case, sided with the Trump administration and said they could begin enforcing the new asylum rules nationwide.
The asylum rules have been viciously fought over with nationwide injunctions being imposed and then removed and regional injunctions as well.
The Supreme Court will allow Trump to mandate that Central American migrants first seek asylum in Mexico before they can try their luck here.
That all ends today. From NBC: The U.S. Supreme Court late Wednesday gave the Trump administration permission to enforce its toughest restriction yet on asylum seekers at the southern border, even though a lawsuit to stop the new policy is still working its way through the lower courts.
As a result, the government can now refuse to consider a request for asylum from anyone who failed to apply for it in another country after leaving home but before coming here.
As a practical matter, it means that migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador cannot seek asylum in the U.S. if they didn’t first ask for it in Mexico.
Earlier Trump and Barr scored a win.
From Politico: Acting at the request of the Trump administration, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an administrative stay Tuesday night that put on hold the injunction issued Monday by San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge Jon Tigar.
The temporary hold implemented while the appeals court considers a longer stay essentially restores the legal situation that existed prior to this week, with Trump’s policy blocked only in the Ninth Circuit, which includes the border regions of California and Arizona.
That allowed the administration to implement the new policy in New Mexico and Texas, barring rulings from other courts as litigation over the issue ricochets through various courts The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to step in on an emergency basis to allow officials to carry out the Trump policy as announced in July.
The high court has yet to rule on that request