US Supreme Court upholds Trump's migrant ban

Supreme Court says Trump administration can deny asylum while legal fight continues

The route to the USA is unsafe, with Central American migrants often deliberately sought out by gangs in neighbouring countries because they are vulnerable.

The U.S. Supreme Court's clearing of the way for the Trump administration to deny almost all asylum requests from Central Americans and other migrants caused despair along the border Thursday and was denounced by activists as a "death sentence" for those trying to escape poverty and violence in their homelands.

While the Supreme Court's order is not a final ruling on the policy's merits, it does allow the policy to take effect nationwide, including in the 9th Circuit, while the case makes its way through the lower courts.

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

The court's ruling handed a victory to Trump at a time when much of his immigration agenda had been struck down by lower courts. The U.S. Supreme Court order would block the vast majority of migrants from so-called third countries from applying for asylum at U.S. borders.

Morgan said the Trump administration is "doing everything that they can" to address what he described as the crisis on the border.

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has been careful to placate Trump after the U.S. president threatened to close the border entirely earlier this year.

Supreme Court says Trump administration can deny asylum while legal fight continues

Donald Trump bragged in a tweet that the ruling was a "BIG ..." But the ruling is likely to drive more Central American migrants to try to irregularly enter the United States with the help of smugglers or move them to apply for asylum in Mexico, which is already swamped with applications.

The high court's stay is "especially concerning", Sotomayor wrote, because the Trump administration "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 effects of the new policy could fall heavily on Mexico, leaving the country with tens of thousands of poor and desperate migrants with no hope of getting into the U.S. Tigar, who sits in Oakland, California, said the rule couldn't be squared with US immigration law and the system Congress established for asylum applications. The 9th Circuit narrowed his order Tuesday with the Supreme Court decision following on Wednesday.

Lee Gelernt is the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who is representing pro-immigration groups in the case. "The lives of thousands of families are at stake", he added.

The likelihood of a further tightening of the USA government's stranglehold on asylum seekers at the U.S. border comes as the number of Central Americans crossing into the country has already steadily declined in recent months.

"The Supreme Court, in a brief, unsigned order, said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from migrants who have traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being denied asylum in that country". The rule would keep asylum protections for Mexican citizens.

The court's move comes at a delicate time for Mexican-U.S. relations.

"I did this so I didn't lose my life", she said.

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