Top US court backs Trump's anti-asylum rules


The justices' get late Wednesday briefly undoes a decrease-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum plan in some states along the southern border. The issue is likely to come back to the Supreme Court when the ongoing legal challenges have been completed in lower courts.

Groups challenging the policy in court say that it violates the USA refugee act and the United Nations refugee convention guaranteeing the right to seek asylum to those fleeing persecution.

"It is especially concerning, moreover, that the rule the government promulgated topples decades of settled asylum practices and affects some of the most vulnerable people in the Western Hemisphere - without affording the public a chance to weigh in".

The court announced on Wednesday evening it would allow the enforcement of the new rules, pending government appeal of two decisions in the 9th Circuit Court.

When it was unveiled this year in July it was nearly immediately blocked from taking effect so the move is being seen as a victory for the Trump administration in United States media. But a three-judge panel of the USA 9 Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed that order, ruling it only applied in California and Arizona, where the appellate court has jurisdiction.

They were both trumped by Supreme Court, which will allow the asylum restriction to remain in place until the underlying legality of the rule is determined at trial. The order means, for instance, that migrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador can not seek asylum in the USA if they didn't first ask for it in Mexico.

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A record number of Central American families have sought asylum in the United States during the past year, and most have been released to await court hearings, thwarting Trump's efforts to curb a new wave of migrants.

"This is just a temporary step, and we're hopeful we'll prevail at the end of the day, " he said in a statement. "The life of countless numbers of people are at stake". The rule would retain asylum protections for Mexican electorate.

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the Trump administration was "pleased" by the Supreme Court's decision, which he said rejected an "erroneous" ruling by the lower court judge.

"The court should not permit such a tectonic change to U.S. asylum law", Gelerny wrote in a response to the excessive courtroom's transient order. "The rule thus screens out asylum seekers who declined to request protection at their first opportunity", said Solicitor General Noel Francisco.

As Fox News noted, on Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ended the nationwide injunction against the Trump ban but only did so partially, leaving California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, Oregon and Washington, all within the province of the 9th Circuit, immune from the Trump ban.

The administration's new policy says that those truly seeking asylum could ask for it in Mexico, which is deemed a safe country.