Key ruling: SCOTUS allows enforcement of Trump asylum rule, voiding lower court injunction

Key ruling: SCOTUS allows enforcement of Trump asylum rule, voiding lower court injunction
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[Ed. – This isn’t a ruling on the underlying challenge, but it lifts the “nationwide” injunction frivolously imposed by the district judge for Northern California.  It’s a two-fer, both allowing the Trump rule to be enforced, and confirming that district judges can’t impose nationwide injunctions on whatever they feel like.  The latter is very significant.  Note also that the asylum rule is merely the implementation of international convention, which is that the first country those seeking asylum enter is the one on the hook to offer asylum. Beyond that, asylum-seekers are a matter of management, not obligation. The U.S. has been accepting far more than our “fair share” for years.]

The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border. The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there.

Most people crossing the southern border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty. 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.

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