Published: Fri, September 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

UN 'Regrets' Impact US Court Ruling Will Have on Asylum Seekers

UN 'Regrets' Impact US Court Ruling Will Have on Asylum Seekers

The Trump administration can begin denying asylum requests from migrants at the southern border who have traveled through Mexico or another country without seeking protection there, after the Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted a lower court's block on the new restriction.

It would also put an end to the "caravans" of thousands who trek north from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to reach the United States, since they must cross through Mexico and - according to the new rule - apply for asylum there in order to be welcomed at the USA border.

Two of the nine Supreme Court justices - Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg - disagreed, or dissented.

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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.

Mexico could see asylum requests soar under the measure, which dramatically changes the rules for the thousands of Central Americans fleeing poverty and gang violence in their home countries in hopes of reaching the United States.

People seeking asylum in the US must pass a screening called a "credible fear" interview.

And it has put tremendous pressure on Mexico to help meet its goal, threatening months ago to escalate tariffs on all Mexican goods if the nation did not buffer the surge of migrants heading to the United States from Central America and elsewhere.

"We've already seen (migration) flows go down in the last couple of months, largely because of the "remain in Mexico" policy, which has kind of been a first step in making access to asylum more hard", Bolter said.

Mexico said on Thursday that it disagreed with the ruling. "And me, setting foot in Nicaragua again, what could happen to me is I could get locked up, be detained, and processed in Nicaragua for the crimes that they accuse me of - terrorism and high treason against the government of Nicaragua". "WIN for the Border on Asylum!"

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Like past efforts by the Trump administration to curb migration, Wednesday's order could prove a burden for Mexico.

Others said they would try to make it in Mexico, despite the violence, or in Guatemala, a nation with a barely functional asylum system.

A senior Mexican official who spoke anonymously because the government has not addressed the issue publicly said that, for now, individuals who seek to apply will not fall under a previous provision, called Migrant Protection Protocol.

The change will affect non-Mexican migrants trying to enter through the U.S. southern border.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has also slammed President Trump's proposed immigration policies and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's crackdown on illegal immigrants.

The Trump administration says the policy is created to address deficiencies in an immigration system in which immigrants often pass initial asylum screening but fail to win final approval.

In her dissent, Sotomayor said that the government's rule may be in significant tension with the asylum statute.

That's because they can't ask for asylum here if they didn't first ask for it in Mexico when they traveled through there to get to the U.S. However, Mexico is quite unsafe for refugees and in no way safe for asylum-seekers.

In December, a divided Supreme Court refused to let Trump start automatically rejecting all asylum claims by people who cross the southern border illegally.

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