The Supreme Court allows Trump to Continue Making it Harder for People Seeking Asylum

Jose Munoz Press Releases

The decision allows asylum seekers to be deported without judicial review

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Today, in a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court allows asylum seekers to be denied federal court review of their expedited deportation.  

In the opinion, written by Associate Justice Alito, he writes that “over the last five years, nearly 77% of screenings have resulted in a finding of credible fear.” However, data from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) contradicts this, showing that between May 1 and June 1 2020, only 43% of screenings have resulted in finding credible fear.  This means that more people than the Supreme Court took into account are being denied credible fear, meaning this ruling will keep out significantly more people and that the  Court failed to take this into account. 

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream, said:

“Today’s cruel and unjust decision from the Supreme Court emboldens Trump to continue dismantling our asylum system, making it harder for immigrants seeking asylum. It removes a tool of oversight to Trump’s anti-immigration policies which have eroded the rights of immigrants and makes it harder for people to make their case. Trump has been actively working to make it harder for immigrants to live in the U.S., while also making it more difficult for people wanting to emigrate to the U.S, especially those seeking asylum. 

Trump has done everything in his power to limit the number of people who can seek asylum. Over the course of his presidency, Trump has worked to set up policies that deport asylum seekers to other countries through “Safe-Third Country” agreements, in addition to implementing the “remain-in-Mexico” policy. In addition, the Trump administration also allowed Border Patrol agents to conduct credible fear interviews, beside asylum officers. 

This ruling will overwhelmingly affect Black and brown immigrants seeking refuge. The Trump administration has made it clear they want to deport as many people as possible, and this decision by the Supreme Court makes it easier for them to do that. Congress must instead work to defund the deportation force of ICE and CBP, which target Black and brown immigrants.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.