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U.S. Supreme Court allows ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum policy to continue

Migrants in Juarez
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Juarez municipal police speak to asylum seekers camped out near Paso del Norte International Bridge.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal.

The justices' order, over a dissenting vote by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, overturns a lower court order that would have blocked the policy, at least for people arriving at the border crossings in Arizona and California.

The high court action came a day before the lower court order was to have taken effect. Instead, the “Remain in Mexico" policy will remain in force while a lawsuit challenging it plays out in the courts.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the policy, known officially as “Migrant Protection Protocols,” probably is illegal under U.S. law to prevent sending people to countries where their lives or freedom would be threatened because of their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs or membership in a particular social group.

About 60,000 asylum-seekers have been returned to Mexico to wait for their cases to wind through clogged U.S. immigration courts since the policy was introduced in January 2019 in San Diego and later expanded across the border.

Human Rights First, an advocacy group that opposes the policy, said it found more than 1,000 public reports of kidnappings, torture, rape and assaults of asylum-seekers returned to Mexico.

The administration said in court papers that more than 36,000 of the 60,000 cases had been resolved in immigration courts.

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  1. The 9th Circus Court of Appeals. The U.S. Supreme Court trumps the liberal activist lower federal courts….PERIOD! Time to sanction or impeach these rogue libtard judges.

  2. If justice is followed there could be no other outcome. Stay the hell out of the US until you can come in legally. alberto’s slimy family will stay over there for a very long time since they have on one over here that cares about them. Not even slimy alberto.

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