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Advancement Project National Office Condemns Supreme Court’s Decision on Trump’s Asylum Ban for People Who Migrate Through Southern Border

WASHINGTON, DC – On September 11, 2019, in Barr v. East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, the Supreme Court granted the Trump Administration’s request for a stay of the nationwide injunction against the administrative rule effectively barring asylum for anyone, including unaccompanied children, if they migrated through the southern border. This rule is often referred to as “Asylum Ban 2.0.” The Administration’s Asylum Ban 2.0 went into effect without an opportunity for notice and comment. That approach is a radical departure from the normal administrative process federal agencies must follow under federal law. Seeking asylum is often a life or death matter.

“Asylum Ban 2.0 violates federal immigration law and international humanitarian law so it is incredibly alarming and shocking that the Supreme Court granted the Administration’s request to allow the Asylum Ban. This is literally a death sentence for thousands of vulnerable populations,” says Losmin Jimenez, Project Director and Senior Attorney for Immigrant Justice at Advancement Project National Office. “By granting the Trump Administration’s request, the Supreme Court is failing to serve as a check on Executive power. This is dangerous and signals that little is stopping Trump’s racist whims resulting in deadly consequences for thousands of migrants seeking humanitarian protections.”

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