The famously liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday it is within President Trump’s authority to send asylum seekers to Mexico as they await the U.S. judicial system to adjudicate their claims. (The Daily Caller)
The “Remain in Mexico” policy seeks to curb catch-and-release by denying fraudulent asylum seekers the incentive of being released into the interior of the U.S. while their cases proceed in immigration courts.
The circuit court overruled an earlier decision by San Francisco Judge Richard Seeborg, who blocked Trump’s policy on the grounds that the administration was making the asylum process too difficult and could be putting migrants at further risk by demanding they stay in Mexico.
The Ninth Circuit temporarily issued a stay in mid-April while they reviewed the case, allowing the Trump administration to continue the policy until further notice.
Now, the president can at least temporarily declare victory on “Remain in Mexico.”
A pending lower court decision means the case could still wind up before the Supreme Court.