They just handed Trump a defeat:

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that migrants can’t be sent to Mexico to await their asylum decisions, dealing a major blow to President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals halted the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” program.

In a 2-1 decision on Friday, the Ninth Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Immigration and Nationality Act forbids the government from sending asylum seekers over the U.S.-Mexico border.

The decision showcased a partisan divide among the court’s members, with the two Clinton-appointed judges — Richard Paez and William Fletcher — voting to uphold the injunction, while Judge Ferdinand Fernandez — a George H. W. Bush appointee — dissented to the ruling.

The decision serves a major setback for Trump’s border enforcement agenda. The “Remain in Mexico” program has been highlighted by the administration as the single most consequential immigration initiative, helping restore order in a region that was once deemed under a humanitarian crisis.

Launched in January 2019, Migrant Protection Protocols requires non-Mexican nationals who lodge asylum claims with the U.S. government to wait in Mexico until an immigration judge adjudicates their claims. This initiative is intended to weed out fraud, with the idea that those filing frivolous claims are not going to wait months on end at the border before hearing a decision.

Since its inception, the “Remain in Mexico” program has expanded across most parts of the southern border and begun to include other non-Spanish speakers, sending tens of thousands of asylum seekers back to Mexico to await a decision by the U.S. immigration court system.

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  1. Bob says:

    Yup, and while they’re waiting their decisions, we’re going to have to support them. Maybe Trump can take the money from the 9th circus budget to do this or house them next to where they live.

  2. Leonard Jones says:

    I may be wrong but it sure seems like every appeal taken to the Supreme Court
    has handed President Trump a victory. Congress ceded plenary powers over
    matters relating to immigration to the president in the 50s. All the donks can
    do delay the inevitable.

  3. Chris in NC says:

    You’re right Leonard. The SCOTUS will overturn the appellate court. It will take time though. In the meantime, get more judge vacancies filled on those courts

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