US Court Blocks Stay in Trump’s Mexico Policy
A US court of law had overturned a significant asylum measure from President Donald Trump’s government. This forced many migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum application was being processed.
That can take months or even years.
Since the introduction of the so-called “stay in Mexico” policy, nearly 60,000 asylum seekers have been sent back to Mexico.
They sometimes live there in tent camps. The federal court of appeal in San Francisco ruled that the policy is contrary to rules on migrant rights.
The same court also rejected another government’s asylum measure on Friday. This made it impossible for migrants to apply for asylum if they had crossed the border illegally, without reporting to an official border crossing.
The verdict of the court is a setback for Trump, who considers reducing illegal migration as a spearhead of his policy. Throughout his election campaign in 2016, he promised to build a wall on the border with Mexico and to have that neighbour pay for the construction.
The ruling does not necessarily mean that Trump’s asylum measures are definitively out of order. According to observers, the issue is probably also being referred to the Supreme Court.