When President Trump instituted his Migrant Protection and Protocol program, which included requiring those seeking asylum in the U.S. to remain in Mexico while their claims were being processed, he knew he’d get sued. It didn’t take long for lawyers to file suit in California, claiming the program denied asylum seekers of due process.
The administration went forward with the program, eventually telling 60,000 asylum seekers they had to stay in Mexico during the process. All the while the law suit made its way through the courts.
The San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Trump on Feb. 28 and issued a ruling blocking the policy, but then immediately put it on hold while the Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene.
Judy Rabinovitz, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, which represents those challenging the policy, said:
“Asylum seekers face grave danger and irreversible harm every day this depraved policy remains in effect.”
Trump declared the policy a success because it helped reduce the flow of hundreds of thousands of people from Central America into the United States.
About 60,000 people have been sent back to Mexico to await the outcome of their cases in often dangerous border towns where they are vulnerable to kidnapping, rape, robbery and other crimes while living in sometimes unsanitary conditions. The government says 36,000 cases have now been resolved and warned that those with pending claims might have rushed the border if the policy was partially blocked.