Friday, June 26, 2020

The Supreme Court Sides With President Trump, Blocks Migrants at Border From Suing Over Asylum Denial

The Supreme Court sided with the Trump administration by a 7-2 vote Thursday, deciding that immigrants in fast-tracked asylum proceedings whose claims have been denied early on in the process do not have the right to sue in federal court to appeal the decision.
The country’s highest court determined asylum-seekers were not entitled to habeas corpus, which would give them recourse to protest an expedited deportation. The American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the Sri Lankan asylum-seeker in the suit, expects the decision will affect several thousand immigrants who make asylum claims after illegally entering the country.
The plaintiff, Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam, was arrested after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, California. He told the Customs and Border Protection officer who interviewed him that he feared being returned to Sri Lanka because he had been kidnapped by government intelligence officials and tortured. Thuraissigiam said he was knocked unconscious and woke up in a hospital, where he decided to flee to the United States.
The officer who interviewed Thuraissigiam decided that the asylum-seeker did not have a credible fear because he lacked evidence proving he was targeted. U.S. policy states that asylum-seekers must prove their lives are at risk due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political affiliation.
LINK: Supreme Court rules asylum seeker cannot 
challenge removal
Amid a surge of illegal immigration of Mexican citizens at the southern border in the mid-1990s, Congress created a new method for CBP to respond to the influx of immigrants it was arresting, allowing the agency to deport select immigrants within days instead of spending weeks or longer in detention. The process of “expedited removal” allowed federal law enforcement at the country’s borders to return anyone to their country who had been arrested within 100 miles of the border within the past two weeks for illegally entering the U.S. Immigrants eligible for expedited removal would no longer be given the right to counsel, a full immigration hearing, or the ability to appeal a decision.
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