Christian Groups Condemn Supreme Court’s Decision to Temporarily Allow Enforcement of Rule Preventing Immigrants from Seeking Asylum in the U.S.

Migrants and asylum seekers gather outside near the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, Mexico. | World Relief

Some Christian leaders and humanitarian groups are condemning the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily allow enforcement of a new rule that would prevent many immigrants traveling through Central America from seeking asylum at the U.S. southern border. 

The justices lifted a California federal court’s injunction against the new asylum policy announced by the Trump administration in July that would make nearly all immigrants who pass through another country on their way to the U.S. border without first seeking asylum in those countries ineligible for asylum in the U.S.

“BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!” President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.

According to The Associated Press, the Trump administration put the new rule into effect Thursday and aims to close the gap between an initial asylum screening process that most people pass and a final asylum decision that most people do not win.

Attorney General William Barr has contended that the new rule will reduce “burdens” related to processing and apprehending hundreds of thousands of immigrants who come to the border.  In January, Trump declared a national emergency in response to what the administration says is a “border security and humanitarian crisis.”

The Supreme Court didn’t rule on the merit of the rule’s legality but only allowed the rule to go into effect until the case is adjudicated.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented from the order.

“Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution,” the dissent, written by Sotomayor, reads.

“Although this Nation has long kept its doors open to refugees — and although the stakes for asylum seekers could not be higher — the Government implemented its rule without first providing the public notice and inviting the public input generally required by law.”

The high court order troubled faith leaders and activists who opposed the rule on grounds that it would make it more difficult for people fleeing violence to use the U.S. legal system to request refuge.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith