After dealing two massive blows to Donald Trump’s agenda last week, the Supreme Court finally delivered an unexpected win to the president on Thursday.
The SCOTUS ruled in resounding 7-2 decision that the Trump administration can legally deport illegal immigrants making asylum claims without allowing them to take their case before a federal judge.
Fox News reported:
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday for the Trump administration in a key immigration case, determining that a federal law limiting an asylum applicant’s ability to appeal a determination that he lacked a credible fear of persecution from his home country does not violate the Constitution.
The ruling means the administration can deport some people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. The 7-2 ruling applies to those who fail their initial asylum screenings, making them eligible for quick deportation.
The decision was handed down in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented a Sri Lankan asylum-seeker that was arrested after illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in California.
At the time, he told Customs and Border Protection that he was afraid of returning to his home country because he had been kidnapped and tortured by government intelligence officials just before fleeing to the US.
The CBP decided that he did not provide sufficient evidence of credible fear for his life. According to the Washington Examiner, “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.”
The ACLU argued that the controversial expedited removal process “provides drastically truncated administrative procedures, and virtually no judicial review of purely legal claims, and even of claims that the removal would violate the Constitution.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan were the only dissents in the decision affirming the Trump administration’s ability to rapidly deport asylum-seekers.
According to Fox News, “the ruling means the administration can deport some people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. The 7-2 ruling applies to those who fail their initial asylum screenings, making them eligible for quick deportation.”