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Supreme Court clears the way for new asylum restrictions to take effect

Posted September 11, 2019 6:29 p.m. EDT

— The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration's rule that dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum to go into effect nationwide while the appeals process plays out.

Wednesday's order is a victory for the Trump administration, which argued the rule was necessary to screen out "asylum seekers who declined to request protection at the first opportunity."

The rule, from the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, would prohibit migrants who have resided in or traveled through third countries from seeking asylum in the US, therefore barring migrants traveling through Mexico from being able to claim asylum.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted their dissent.

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