SUPREME COURT SHARPLY RESTRICTS ASYLUM ELIGIBILITY
September 12, 2019
The new rule allows DHS officials to reject asylum requests from migrants who travelled through, but did not seek asylum in, a third country prior to arriving at the U.S. border. This rule effectively bars migrants from countries other than Mexico from seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. This will exclude individuals and families who are escaping rampant violence, corruption, organized crime and powerless government agencies in the failed states of Central America and elsewhere in the world.
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent to the decision in Barr v. East Bay Sanctuary (2019).
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