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AILA Doc. No. 19091231 | Dated September 12, 2019
WASHINGTON, DC - In an unsigned order, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) lifted the nationwide injunction put in place on the Trump administration's "Asylum Ban 2.0." The ban blocks anyone from seeking asylum at the southern border who had not sought protection in another country through which they transited. Once implemented the ban will put in place restrictions that would prevent thousands of otherwise eligible asylum seekers from applying for protection.
Benjamin Johnson, Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) remarked, "By lifting this nationwide injunction in East Bay v. Barr, the Supreme Court's decision is putting the lives of asylum seekers at risk as this legal challenge continues to move forward in the lower courts. These vulnerable migrants are already at risk due to numerous other policies designed to prevent them from accessing the protections established in U.S. law. This rule denies people a meaningful chance to seek asylum, putting the lives of asylum seekers back in the hands of their persecutors, including transnational gangs and cartels. Blocking those who seek protection at our borders is contrary to American laws and is not the way to ensure asylum seekers are processed fairly and efficiently. The U.S. government should stop endangering vulnerable people and should implement the commonsense steps recommended by AILA."
AILA recommends implementing the following to improve the speed and fairness of the asylum process:
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19091231.