The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday passed a win to Prez Donald Trump by leaving in effect a policy that requires thousands of individuals seeking asylum at the southern border to wait in Mexico while their claims are adjudicated.
The court gave an emergency request filed by the administration and lifted a partial halt on the program launched by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The appeals court February 28 issued a ruling blocking the policy; however, then immediately put it on hold while the Trump administration urged the Supreme Court to intervene.
The short court order noted that one of the nine justices, liberal Sonia Sotomayor, would have denied the application.
Trump has announced the policy, rolled out in December 2018, a success in reducing the flow of millions of individuals from Central America into the U.S. as he campaigns for a second term in office.
Challengers, along with 11 asylum seekers who had been returned to Mexico and several immigration advocacy groups, say this system, called the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), breaches U.S. immigration law and international duties on the treatment of asylum seekers.
Nearly 60,000 people have been sent back to Mexico to await the result of their cases in often volatile border cities where they’re vulnerable to kidnapping, rape, theft and other crimes while living in unsanitary settings.