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Federal Court Blocks Trump’s ‘Remain In Mexico’ Program … for now

In a major blow to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday that migrants can’t be sent to Mexico to await their asylum decisions.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals halted the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program. In a 2-1 decision on Friday, the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Immigration and Nationality Act forbids the government from sending asylum seekers over the U.S.-Mexico border.

The decision showcased a partisan divide among the court’s members, with the two Clinton-appointed judges — Richard Paez and William Fletcher — voting to uphold the injunction, while Judge Ferdinand Fernandez — a George H. W. Bush appointee — dissented to the ruling.

The decision serves a major setback for Trump’s border enforcement agenda. The “Remain in Mexico” program has been highlighted by the administration as the single most consequential immigration initiative, helping restore order in a region that was once deemed under a humanitarian crisis.

Launched in January 2019, Migrant Protection Protocols requires non-Mexican nationals who lodge asylum claims with the U.S. government to wait in Mexico until an immigration judge adjudicates their claims.

This initiative is intended to weed out fraud, with the idea that those filing frivolous claims are not going to wait months on end at the border before hearing a decision.

Since its inception, the “Remain in Mexico” program has expanded across most parts of the southern border and begun to include other non-Spanish speakers, sending tens of thousands of asylum seekers back to Mexico to await a decision by the U.S. immigration court system.

The program, administration leaders have long argued, has given relief to U.S. immigration officials.

However, many immigration-rights activists and other opponents argue it erodes migrants’ due process and places them in dangerous communities in Mexico.


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  1. DC isn’t the only ‘swamp’ that needs draining !!! The Pollution Puddle aka 9th District Court is on the list as the most corrupt political game in town!!
    This will …intentionally…flood process centers with GOK (God only know) what sludge and unhealthy people, wipe out social services for millions of CITIZENS….

    And Mexico is ‘reporting’ they only have 2 cases of COVID-19 !!! Remember when we and countries south had hundreds of Bird Flu cases and they ‘reported’ only 80?

    The vast majority of these “invaders” (seeking a better life ? )have had NO health checks here or anywhere…ever. Our CDC reported in 2017 that TWENTY THREE UNIDENTIFIED CONTAGIOUS DISEASES had been discovered!!! A resurgence in measles, mum[s, TB , polio etc as well.

    A weakened nation’s people can be dictated to….Is this another well aimed salvo to “capture & imprison” in a One World Society?

    Imagine all the new voters this will deliver in November !!!!

    Grrrrrrrr need another BP pill


  2. Maybe the judges in the 9th District Court should get instruction on how to be an American citizen and then become one and act American for a change. President Trump has to fight for every bit of security for our country and it shouldn’t be that way. Get some patriotism boys and girls, your country needs you to wake up and see what’s really going on with our country. Justice is blind, doesn’t say the judges are not supposed to take notice tho’.

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