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Supreme Court action on asylum rule denounced as inhumane

13 September 2019

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.

Mexico has long resisted a so-called safe third country agreement with the USA that would require migrants to request asylum there first, while advocates for asylum seekers point to Mexico's homicide rate and cartel violence as reasons why the country doesn't qualify as a safe third country.

On Thursday, Lopez Obrador said that he spoke by phone with President Donald Trump a day prior, noting the USA president recognised Mexico's efforts and relations between the two countries were very good.

It means the Trump administration can now enforce the rule everywhere while a legal challenge to it continues.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor, both staunch liberals, dissented from the high-court's order.

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A reminder of President Trump's success in staffing the federal judiciary came September 11 when the U.S. Senate confirmed his 150th judicial nominee, marking what Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and Trump ally, described as a "historic milestone".

The new policy would deny refuge to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the US without first seeking asylum there.

"This is the ruling by the court, it's a USA issue, and obviously we don't agree with it, we have a different policy", Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference.

"BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!" he tweeted at 6:47 p.m. on September 11.

Speaking at President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's daily news conference, Ebrard said that Mexico has a different policy when it comes to asylum seekers and would never implement such a rule. But here the administration seeks to reduce public access to monitor how is handles asylum petitions from people who, for the most part, don't have a lawyer or a functional understanding of USA immigration law.

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On Aug. 16 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Tigar's injunction but limited its application to the territorial jurisdiction of the 9th Circuit. The White House spokesperson, meanwhile, said the district court's nationwide injunction was another in a series of "overreaching" orders that allowed a single, non-elected district court judge to "override" policy decisions for the entire nation.

For example, thousands of people are waiting on lists at border crossings in Mexico to claim asylum in the U.S. And more than 30,000 people have been turned back to Mexico to wait out their asylum claims.

"The lives of thousands of families are at stake", said Gelernt. The administration has said that it wants to close the gap between an initial asylum screening that most people pass and a final decision on asylum that most people do not win.

Opponents argue the policy violates global law by forcing people fleeing for their lives to seek refuge in countries where they may also be in danger.

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Supreme Court action on asylum rule denounced as inhumane