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SCOTUS: Remain in Mexico policy can be terminated

Border Asylum Limits
Posted at 6:47 PM, Jun 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-30 21:47:49-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Biden administration can terminate a Trump-era asylum policy.

The Trump-era policy said that migrants seeking asylum would have to wait in Mexico until their hearings in the United States.

"In reality this is a victory for the Biden administration," Mo Goldman, an immigration attorney in Tucson said. "But it's a somewhat hollow victory in that there is still the Title 42 in place right now."

Goldman said that with Title 42 still in place, this decision by the Supreme Court won't change much for migrants seeking asylum.

"Because if a migrant wants to come to a port of entry and ask for protection, they're going to get pushed back because of the Title 42 provision," Goldman said.

Goldman pointed to the recent tragedy in San Antonio where 53 migrants died as something that could become more common.

"Unfortunately, those types of incidents are more apt to occur at a time when people cannot follow legal paths to get to the United States." Goldman said. "So, they are going to look for any other way to do so and the beneficiaries of that are the cartels, the human traffickers."

In April, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said his staff was already being strained.

"We're already trying to address this we're already being overwhelmed," Sheriff Dannels said. "We're a rural county; we don't have the resources like you do in Pima or Maricopa County and cities beyond."

Those already waiting to have their cases heard are also dealing with a strained system. Immigration courts are backed up having some wait for years.

"The reality is that there is still a lot that needs to be remedied or fixed to make the system function in a practical way," Goldman said. "It's just not functioning as it should and that's primarily due to lack of resources."

The backlog is only expected to get worse if Title 42 is lifted.

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