Supreme Court allows administration's ban on Central American asylum seekers to go into effect

Marta Esquivel (L), who helps run the shelter at Iglesia Metodista "El Buen Pastor," says a prayer with El Salvador migrants Yolanda and Oswaldo on June 12, 2019 before they go for their first asylum court dates in El Paso, Texas. - AFP presents a photo essay of 36 images by photographer Paul Ratje on the ordeal of Yolanda - who asked that we not use her last name - one of thousands of would-be migrants from Central American fleeing violence and seeking asylum in the United States who were told to wait for their court hearing in Mexico. .Yolanda came from El Salvador a little bit less than five months ago with her year-old grandson and teenage daughter and they were separated when they crossed the border from Mexico to the US. She now faces the opaque and dysfunctional US immigration system, with a kaleidoscope of legal requirements that even lawyers find hard to navigate, seeking asylum. There are almost 19,000 asylum seekers in Mexican border cities waiting for a US court hearing, according to research based on US and Mexican official figures. At least 5,000 of them are in Ciudad Juarez, El Paso's Mexican sister city. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL RATJE/AFP/Getty Images)

Fleeing violence? Targeted by drug gangs? Doesn’t matter, according to Trump’s new white nationalist policies.

In an at-this-point unsurprising move, the Supreme Court this evening allowed the Trump administration’s near-total ban on Central American asylum seekers to go into effect while the case further makes its way through the court system. The ruling allows the administration to refuse entry to asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexican border, regardless of their individual cases or of the dangers they face. It will unequivocally lead to refugee deaths.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented.

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