US Supreme Court upholds Trump measure blocking migrants at border — RT in English
The Supreme Court of the United States has announced the maintenance of a measure taken by the government of Donald Trump during the Covid-19 pandemic allowing the deportation of migrants at the border.
The Supreme Court of the United States announced on December 28 the maintenance of a measure taken during the Covid-19 pandemic allowing the deportation of migrants at the border.
The lifting of this policy, dubbed “Title 42”, was contested by 19 American states, which feared an influx of migrants at the border with Mexico.
In March 2020, the government of former President Donald Trump activated this health system to be able to expel without delay migrants without residence permits arrested at land borders, including potential asylum seekers.
This expulsion measure is immediate, does not allow legal recourse and does not provide for automatic return to the country of origin.
Rare exceptions are provided for, for certain nationalities such as Ukrainians, since the launch of the Russian offensive, or for unaccompanied minors.
Human rights activists and experts consider it a violation of international law. In particular, they consider it “inhuman” to prevent a potential asylum seeker from formulating his request in this sense.
For them, the current system only encourages migrants to cross the border illegally and to take ever increasing risks to get there by crossing hostile deserts or rivers conducive to drowning.
“We continue to challenge this horrific measure that has caused asylum seekers so much harm,” said attorney Lee Gelernt, who was arguing against the proceedings on behalf of the powerful civil rights group ACLU.
“Title 42” has been the subject of several separate court battles. A court of first instance, then another of appeal, had pronounced in favor of its repeal.
For Refugees International, “a majority of Supreme Court justices have now effectively approved the continuation of the pushbacks, and will be responsible for what the trial court called ‘irreparable harm’, which is inflicted to asylum seekers deported in the name of “Title 42”.
In anticipation of a potential lifting of the measure, several municipalities on the southern border of the United States had begun to install fences and fences. Many migrants have been waiting for the past few weeks near the border, in the hope of being able to apply for asylum in the United States.
The measure will ultimately remain in place until the Supreme Court decides on the merits of this case. It will hear the arguments of both parties in February 2023 and will issue its decision next spring.
That gives the Biden administration a few extra months to prepare for a potential influx of migrants.
As he left Washington for a vacation, Joe Biden said the end of “Title 42” was long overdue, but that his administration would respect the Supreme Court’s decision pending its final decision, “apparently in June. “.
“Until then, we must apply [la mesure]added the Democratic president.