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Politics Supreme Court agrees to review two cases involving Trump’s border policy

01:55  20 october  2020
01:55  20 october  2020 Source:   nydailynews.com

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The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review two controversial immigration policies from the Trump administration - the construction of a southern US border wall using diverted funds from the Pentagon, and a requirement that those seeking asylum at the border wait in Mexico while their

The case before the Supreme Court involved just the .5 billion in Defense Department funds. California led a similar lawsuit on behalf of several states. In the second case it also agreed to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U. S . court hearings.

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review President Trump’s push to force asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while their cases are heard along with his effort to shift funds to his controversial southern border wall.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck: More sections of the 30-foot high © Randy Hoeft More sections of the 30-foot high "bollard style wall" between the United States and Mexico are seen being constructed heading west from the Yuma Levee Road, in the proximity of County 8th Street, in the direction of the Colorado River, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 in Yuma, Ariz.. In the background is the U.S. Port of Entry at Andrade, Calif., where additional sections of the wall are seen being constructed.

The justices will not hear either new case until 2021, and the outcome of the presidential election could make the cases go away, or at least reduce their significance. If Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House, he has pledged to end “Migrant Protection Protocols,” which Trump considers a cornerstone policy on immigration.

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More than 60,000 asylum seekers were returned to Mexico under the policy and the U.S. Justice Department estimated in late February that there were 25,000 people still waiting in dangerous conditions in Mexico for hearings in U.S. court.

Judy Rabinovitz, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is challenging the policy, called the policy “illegal and depraved.”

“The courts have repeatedly ruled against it, and the Supreme Court should as well,” she said in a statement.

The high court also agreed to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling that it improperly diverted money to build portions of the border wall with Mexico.

The case has its origins in the 35-day partial government shutdown that started in December of 2018. Trump ended the shutdown after Congress gave him approximately $1.4 billion in border wall funding, but that was far less than the $5.7 billion he was seeking. Trump then declared a national emergency to take cash from other government accounts to use to construct sections of the wall.

The case before the Supreme Court involves just the $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds. The administration has already built 115 of the 129 miles of border wall that is funded by that money. That includes sections in California, Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas.

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