Washington: In a filip to President Donald Trump’s administration, the US Supreme Court ruled that immigrants whose asylum requests were rejected when they entered the country cannot appeal those decisions in a federal court.
The court’s 7-2 ruling applies to people who fail their initial asylum screenings, making them eligible for quick deportation, or expedited removal.
The ruling, according to activists and experts, could allow the White House to intensify its campaign to deny asylum to undocumented migrants with little or no judicial oversight, reports Efe news.
The ruling was in the case of Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam, a member of the Tamil ethnic minority of Sri Lanka.
Thuraissigiam had sought asylum in the US, citing that as a Tamil minority in Sri Lanka, he was tortured over his political ties and subjected to beatings and simulated drowning.
He fled Sri Lanka in 2016 and was arrested in 2017 just north of the US border between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico.
Thuraissigiam’s asylum request, like those of thousands of other undocumented migrants who cross the border into the US each year, was considered in accord with the “expedited deportation” process, which allows the government to speed up the expulsion of those migrants without having to submit to court supervision of the cases.
Trump’s hardline policies on immigration and deportation have been the focus of his presidency and his bid for re-election on November 3.
The policy forces many undocumented migrants requesting asylum at the southern US border to wait in Mexico until their requests are processed and a hearing before an immigration judge is granted, all of which can take many months.