Sep 11, 2019

Court ruling again allows Trump asylum restrictions in Texas and New Mexico

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocked — for the second timea nationwide injunction on the Trump administration's third-country asylum rule, which bars migrants from asylum in the U.S. if they did not first apply for protection in a country they travelled through.

Why it matters: This new ruling reintroduces the status quo that was in play after the court's first decision to block the nationwide injunction, which said it could only be applied within the Ninth Circuit's states of California and Arizona. That means that this decision will once again block — at least temporarily — most Central Americans who cross into the U.S., legally or illegally, in New Mexico or Texas from asylum.

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Supreme Court to allow Trump administration to enforce asylum restrictions

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted a district court's block on a Trump administration rule that would prevent almost all Central American migrants from applying for asylum in the U.S.

The big picture: The Trump rule, first introduced in July, forces migrants fleeing their home countries to apply for asylum in one of the first countries they pass through, or face ineligibility for asylum once they reach the southern border of the U.S. It has faced numerous legal challenges and was twice temporarily blocked by a California judge.

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Trump administration reaches asylum deal with El Salvador

Migrants being led out of the National Institute of Migration in downtown Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration signed an asylum agreement with El Salvador on Friday, which could force Central American migrants who pass through the country to first seek asylum there or be sent back to the country once they reach the U.S..

Why it matters: The new agreement is the latest attempt to curtail Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.

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Federal appeals court reinstates Trump emoluments case

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Friday a lawsuit that accused President Trump of violating the Constitution's emoluments clause, per Bloomberg.

Why it matters: The decision dredges up one of the president's most persistent ongoing legal threats. It's a high-level ruling for such a case and could force the president to defend himself in court because only an expanded version of the Second Circuit or the Supreme Court could overturn the decision.

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