Asylum Ban Blocked by SCOTUS

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the block on the administration’s ban against immigrants who cross the border outside a legal port of entry and their ability to apply for asylum.

It was a narrow 5-4 decision with Chief Justice John Roberts again siding with the liberal faction of the court as the deciding vote.

Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas all voted in support of the ban.

The administration’s policy would have banned any immigrant who crossed the southern border outside of a legal port of entry from applying for asylum.

Immediately after its introduction, a California federal judge blocked the order, a decision which was subsequently upheld by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Today’s Supreme Court vote affirms both previous decisions.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco had pushed the Supreme Court to pass the regulations, claiming that they are “designed to channel asylum seekers to ports of entry, where their claims can be processed in an orderly manner; deter unlawful dangerous border crossings; and reduce the backlog of a meritless asylum claims.”

Francisco also argues that the case itself has no standing since it was brought by advocacy groups and not individual immigrants.

Iron Triangle Press continues to follow the immigration crisis.


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