Wednesday, August 28, 2019

President Trump Asks Supreme Court For Clearance To Enforce Tough Asylum Rules, Citing ‘Unprecedented Surge’

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court Monday to allow enforcement of new immigration rules that would deny asylum to migrants who did not seek protected status in a country they passed through on their way to the southern border.
U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, a federal judge in San Francisco, entered a preliminary injunction against those rules on July 24, barring their implementation across the country.
“The injunction prohibits the executive branch from implementing an interim final rule adopted to address an ongoing crisis at the southern border, with significant implications for ongoing diplomatic negotiations and foreign relations,” Solicitor General Noel Francisco told the justices in court papers.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the government a partial victory on Aug. 16 and trimmed the reach of the injunction. The panel said Tigar’s order should remain in force in Arizona and California (which are within the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction) but should not be enforced on a nationwide basis for the time being.
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The administration asked the Supreme Court Monday night to go a step further and stay the injunction altogether, so the new asylum rules can be applied across the whole country while litigation continues.
The plaintiffs in Monday’s case are a coalition of migrant rights groups led by the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. Francisco told the justices that the plaintiffs do not have standing to challenge the new rules.
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