(ThePatriotSource.com) – The Trump administration can continue enforcing its “Remain in Mexico” policy following a Supreme Court decision handed down Wednesday that backed the practice. The decision overturns a contrary one made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that placed an injunction on the policy that covered the entirety of the United States’ border with Mexico.
The policy requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their applications are being reviewed and approved in America. President Donald Trump and his administration have touted the policy as a way to deter illegal immigration. As of now, there are approximately 60,000 people who are enrolled in the program.
When issuing the injunction, Judge William Fletcher of the 9th Circuit Court wrote the policy poses potentially serious harm to migrants. He sided with other critics who say the conditions these migrants are forced to wait in are dangerous. Fletcher wrote:
“[The Migrant Protection Protocols have] had serious adverse consequences for the individual plaintiffs. Plaintiffs presented evidence in the district court that they, as well as others returned to Mexico under MPP, face targeted discrimination, physical violence, sexual assault, overwhelmed and corrupt law enforcement, lack of food and shelter, and practical obstacles to participation in court proceedings in the United States.”
The Pentagon was thoroughly worried about the consequences if the Supreme Court were to uphold the 9th Circuit Court’s injunction. In response, they said they would deploy what’s known as a “crisis force” of approximately 160 troops at two different parts of the border to protect against a possible mass influx of migrants across the border and into the United States.
Luckily, that won’t be necessary following the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday.
The Supreme Court’s decision was close to unanimous, as Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only justice who dissented.
Arguing for the policy, Solicitor General Noel Francisco said, in court filings, that the policy has, “drastically curtailed the number of aliens approaching or attempting to cross the border.” He also wrote it has “enabled the temporary return of over 60,000.” He continued:
“Large groups of migrants in Mexico began arriving at multiple ports of entry along the Southwest border seeking immediate entry into the country (following the appeals court’s injunction).”
And that without the program in place:
“Tens of thousands of migrants are likely to resume attempting to enter the United States and seeking asylum (or other relief from removal), often without merit, forcing DHS to undertake the overwhelming burden of detaining many of those aliens in the United States throughout removal proceedings (or else releasing them on parole into the interior, where many will simply disappear).”
Judy Rabinovitz, who was special counsel in the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project,” said these people were in “grave danger” because of the policy. She said:
“The Court of Appeals unequivocally declared this policy to be illegal. The Supreme Court should as well. Asylum seekers face grave danger and irreversible harm every day this depraved policy remains in effect.”