Friday, February 28, 2020
Confusion on the Border as Appeals Court Blocks Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy - The New York Times
A federal appeals court on Friday upended a central pillar of the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, ruling that asylum seekers must once again be allowed into the United States while their cases weave through American immigration courts.
After a year in which nearly a million migrants crossed the southwestern border, jamming processing facilities and defying President Trump’s attempts to curtail immigration, border crossings have dropped sharply in recent months. But the new decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit invalidates one of the most effective restrictions, leaving the administration’s ability to control the arrival of new asylum seekers in doubt.
A three-judge panel in San Francisco blocked the policy, often known as “Remain in Mexico,” that has required people applying for asylum at the border to wait in Mexico while their claims for protection are reviewed, a process that often takes months or years.