No surprise here: Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were the two Supreme Court justices who dissented in a decision today that hands a win to the Trump administration on the handling of asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border.
BREAKING: In a victory for President Donald Trump, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the administration to enforce a new rule designed to sharply limit who can apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border https://t.co/YXv7lBkyeR pic.twitter.com/KFtf5homWK
— Bloomberg (@business) September 11, 2019
Bolstering President Donald Trump on one of his signature issues, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared his administration to enforce a new rule designed to sharply limit who can apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The justices said Wednesday the administration can apply the policy while a legal challenge goes forward. A series of lower court rulings had put the rule on hold.
The policy affects people who travel to the U.S. through Mexico from Central America. People crossing the southern border won’t be able to seek asylum unless they previously applied for protection from one of the countries they passed through.
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the high court’s order. Sotomayor says the rule upends “longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution.”
— Meg Kinnard (@MegKinnardAP) September 11, 2019
You might remember that TIME ran a piece last October detailing Mexico’s “You Are Home” program, which offered asylum to members of the migrant caravan passing through the country, as well as shelter, medical attention, schooling, and jobs. The caravan declined, however: “Our destiny is to get to the border,” one migrant from Honduras told a reporter.
It’s about damn time!
— Anita L. Phillips (@keukalady) September 11, 2019
— Fury213 (@Fury2131) September 11, 2019
— bsudah, cigar and whiskey consumer extraordinaire (@bsudah) September 11, 2019
It’s a victory for Americans
— Loki Anthony 🇺🇸 (@DANKBEANS) September 11, 2019
Wow common sense rules the day.
— Leds (@LdfLeds) September 11, 2019
— Fredo’s Hot Wife 👩 (@tocuteforprison) September 11, 2019
Still not tired of winning!
— Fredo Horseshoe (@HorseshoeRed) September 11, 2019
I love it! If someone has a REAL need to claim asylum, they shouldn't cross over 2+ countries before reaching the U.S. Just because someone WANTS to be in the U.S., doesn't mean that person has a right to be. CONGRESS… pass new immigration laws that WORK for AMERICA!!!
— HM2 Tom (@CIDP_Fighter) September 11, 2019
And keep in mind that not even all the migrants claiming asylum are traveling through Mexico from Central America; some are flying into Mexico from Africa and Europe so that they can then make their asylum claim at the U.S. border.
‘Our destiny is to get to the border’: Migrant caravan rejects Mexico’s ‘You are home’ program https://t.co/gDR9U0cgCm
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) October 28, 2018