The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced on Friday that Trump Administration will be able to continue sending asylum seekers back to Mexico.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily lifted an order suspending the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), a policy of Trump administration requiring Central American asylum seekers to stay in Mexico before they appear in immigration court.
Although the Friday night stay in this case is not indicative of the future prospects of the government, it has been a rare victory for an administration that has often fought before the left – leaning court.
The Associated Press reported:
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay Friday.
A three-judge panel set a Tuesday deadline for civil liberties groups to submit arguments why the order blocking the Trump administration should take effect. It set a Wednesday deadline for the government to argue why the policy should remain in place.
Judge Richard Seeborg ruled Monday in favor of civil liberties groups who want to halt the practice while their lawsuit moves forward challenging the policy. His order had been set to take effect Friday afternoon.
“Finally, great news at the border!” President Donald Trump tweeted Friday night.
After negotiations with the Mexican government, former Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen began implementing the MPP in December 2018. The government claimed that a federal law provision permitted the program to return aliens from neighboring countries.
The provision provides: “In the case of an alien…who is arriving on land from a foreign territory contiguous to the United States, the attorney general may return the alien to that territory,” pending further proceedings before an immigration judge.
The 9th Circuit’s temporary stay will remain in effect for a matter of days, pending full resolution of the government’s motion.
Meanwhile, another caravan with an estimated 1,000 migrants is on its way from Honduras with plans to get to our southern border where they will cross into America illegally and claim asylum.
Politico reported that, “Border officials encountered an estimated 100,000 migrants in March, with families making up the bulk of that, according to preliminary figures. The tally suggests border traffic could return to the higher levels of the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s.”