The Supreme Court has agreed to hear two key immigration cases involving President Trump’s policies. One involved the asylum policy of “remain in Mexico” and the other involved funding for the border wall.
According to Fox News:
One case involves the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy, and the other deals with funding for the wall being constructed on the U.S.-Mexico border.
In Wolf v. Innovation Law Lab, the Trump administration is appealing lower-court rulings invalidating its “Migrant Protection Protocols” – the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program – for non-Mexican asylum-seekers, mostly coming from Central America.
The policy, which was established in January 2019, was aimed a reducing the flow of people entering the U.S. to seek asylum. Under this policy, they are returned to Mexico to await their hearings there instead of being allowed into the U.S. The policy was first enforced at the San Ysidro, Calif., port of entry before being extended across the entire border.
The case of Trump v. Sierra club deals with a challenge to the president’s constitutional authority when transferring military funds to help build the border wall. At issue is how much discretion courts should have when the president seeks to repurpose $2.5 billion in military funds in the face of what he determines to be a “national emergency” — the influx of immigrants and illegal drugs along the U.S.-Mexico border.
A decision by a lower court blocking the Trump administration from using these funds was upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.