The policy allows the United States government to deny asylum to individuals who have passed through other safe nations without seeking asylum there first.
The initial suit against President Trump and a host of government officials was brought by the ACLU and other organizations.
They argued that the administration’s policy should be disallowed unless the so-called asylum seeker had passed through a foreign nation that had a “safe third country” agreement with the United States. That argument would severely restrict the federal government’s ability to deal with the large number of individuals crossing the southern border illegally each month.
Circuit Court of Appeals had granted the plaintiffs request for injunction, blocking
the Trump administration’s policy implementation. The Supreme Court decision
removes that injunction.
of the Supreme Court, Justices Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Sonja Sotomayor, dissented
from the decision of the majority of the justices.
Trump tweeted that the Supreme Court decision was a BIG win.
the summer in Maine, the city of Portland struggled with an influx of migrants
from the southern border, many of whom only sought asylum when they had been apprehended
crossing the border through illegal methods.
Accounts in local
media indicated that many of those who had come to Portland from the southern border
had spent significant periods of time in South and Central America before
moving north to the U.S. border.
City officials in Portland had to turn to private donations to cover the cost of the hundreds of migrants who had made their way to Portland after burning through the city’s welfare fund budget. The city was also forced to turn the local professional basketball arena into a shelter right up until hours before it had to be turned over to the basketball franchise for their season.
The problem facing Portland became so severe that Janet Mills took “emergency” action to provide state taxpayer dollars to bail out the city.
The Supreme Court order does recognize that the lawsuit is currently being appealed in the Ninth Circuit and may be granted a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court. In that case, the current order will be terminated when the Supreme Court enters its final judgement on the matter.