Supreme Court Allows Trump Admin To Enforce ‘Remain In Mexico’ Policy

Written by Martin Walsh

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The U.S. Supreme Court has already handed down several major rulings this month, and none of them have been favorable to Democrats.

The nation’s highest court just delivered another ruling — and it’s a major victory for President Donald Trump and his administration heading into November, where many voters want to see immigration laws and policies enforced.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Trump administration can enforce the “remain in Mexico” policy.

The Hill reports:

The justices will allow the “Remain in Mexico” policy to continue while the administration appeals a lower court ruling which deemed the program illegal and ordered a suspension that was scheduled to take effect tomorrow.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only justice to publicly dissent from the decision to allow the policy to continue.

Known officially as Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the policy aims to curb entry into the U.S. by asylum-seekers, many of whom are Central American migrants.

More than 60,000 asylum-seekers have been barred from entry since the program was implemented just over a year ago, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The fact that Sotomayor was the only justice who publicly dissented from the decision bodes well for the Trump Administration when the case is finally heard.

In the meantime, the policy remains in place.

The administration said in court papers that more than 36,000 of the 60,000 cases had been resolved in immigration courts.

Asylum has been granted in less than 1 percent of the cases that have been decided.

Only 5 percent are represented by attorneys, many of whom are reluctant to visit clients in Mexico.

The administration had argued that thousands of immigrants would rush the border if the high court didn’t step in.

Trump has secured historic international agreements with Mexico, as well as key Central American countries, to ensure border crossers are not readily released into the interior of the U.S. after they cross the southern border.

The Supreme Court handed down a slew of 5-4 rulings last week.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of tossing a lawsuit filed against a Texas border agent for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager.

In the other immigration case, the Court ruled 5-4 in favor of allowing the Trump administration to enforce its “public charge” immigration rule, which allows them to deny green cards to immigrants who would be dependent on government welfare for extended periods.

These are all major wins for the president and his administration.