Supreme Court Approves Restrictions On Asylum Seekers

Sep 12, 2019

The United states Supreme Court is seen on April 15, 2019 in Washington DC

The United states Supreme Court is seen on April 15, 2019 in Washington DC; Credit: ERIC BARADAT/AFP/Getty Images


The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.

The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border. The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there.

Most people crossing the southern border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty. They are largely ineligible under the new rule, as are asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and South America who arrive regularly at the southern border. We check in on the latest.

With files from the Associated Press.


Jorge Valencia, correspondent with Phoenix NPR-member station 91.5 KJZZ’s Mexico City bureau; he tweets @jorgeavalencia

Greg Stohr, Supreme Court reporter for Bloomberg News; he tweets @GregStohr

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