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Supreme Court Blocks Trump’s Asylum Restrictions

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Before the midterm elections, President Trump spoke continuously on the group of migrants coming from Central America toward the U.S.-Mexico border. On November 8 the Trump administration issued a proclamation stating that individuals who cross the U.S.-Mexico border without inspection at an area other than a designated port of entry would no longer be eligible to apply for asylum.

Advocacy groups immediately asked a federal court to enjoin the Trump Administration from imposing this restriction and their request was granted. The issue continued through federal courts and on December 21 the Supreme Court agreed with the advocacy groups. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision to block the Trump administration from limiting who could request asylum.

This means that, as of now, a person who comes to the United States by any means, whether through a port of entry or without inspection, can apply for asylum. There is no guarantee that a person will be granted asylum, but this order at least guarantees individuals’ rights to apply. Additional lawsuits are pending against the Trump administration regarding its ongoing attempts to limit legal immigration.

The attorneys at Joseph & Hall P.C. will continue monitoring these lawsuits and the continued attacks on immigrants. If you have questions about your rights or options as an immigrant in the U.S., contact Joseph & Hall P.C. for a consultation.


Antes de las elecciones de mitad de período, el Presidente Trump habló continuamente sobre el grupo de migrantes provenientes de Centroamérica hacia la frontera México-Estados Unidos. El 8 de noviembre, la administración de Trump emitió una proclamación indicando que las personas que cruzan la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México sin inspección en un área distinta de un puerto de entrada designado ya no serían elegibles para solicitar asilo.

Los grupos de defensa pidieron inmediatamente a un tribunal federal que ordenen a la administración Trump imponer esta restricción y que se concediera su solicitud. La cuestión continuó a través de los tribunales federales y el 21 de diciembre la Corte Suprema acordado con los grupos de defensa. En una decisión 5-4, la Corte Supremo confirmó la decisión del tribunal inferior de bloquear a la administración Trump de limitar quién podría solicitar asilo.

Esto significa que, a partir de ahora, una persona que viene a los Estados Unidos por cualquier medio ya sea a través de un puerto de entrada o sin inspección, puede solicitar asilo. No hay garantía de que se conceda asilo a una persona, pero este orden al menos garantiza el derecho de las personas a aplicar. Las demandas adicionales están pendientes contra la administración Trump con respecto a sus intentos continuos de limitar la inmigración legal.

Los abogados del Joseph & Hall P.C. continuarán monitoreando estas demandas y los continuos ataques a los inmigrantes. Si tiene preguntas sobre sus derechos u opciones como inmigrante en los EE. UU., comuníquese con Joseph & Hall P.C. para una consulta.


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