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SPLC statement on Supreme Court’s denial of Trump administration’s request to immediately enforce asylum ban

The U.S. Supreme Court today denied the Trump administration’s request to immediately enforce a new policy of denying asylum to migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border between ports of entry.

The high court’s decision today, which is the result of a lawsuit by the SPLC and its partners, provides some hope that the Trump administration will be forced to reconsider its inhumane policies concerning asylum seekers.

However, this decision does not address the ongoing problem of turnbacks of asylum seekers who attempt to present themselves at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border, or the looming threat that asylum seekers will be forced to wait in Mexico for their hearings in U.S. immigration court.

These policies and related practices have created the crisis at our southern border and can and will have tragic consequences until they are ended.

In addition to fighting these policies in our courts, we are hopeful that Congress will continue to expand its oversight in these areas and use its powers to ensure federal agencies are in compliance with the law.