Supreme Court delivers Trump admin victory, permitting fast-track removal of asylum seekers

Per the NY Times, in a victory for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court ruled that immigrants whose requests for asylum were rejected in bare-bone summary proceedings can’t contest the denials in federal court. The decision will affect thousands of asylum seekers.

The 7-2 decision had only liberal justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissenting.

The Hill reports the Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a win on Thursday by ruling that asylum seekers have no right to a federal court hearing before being removed from the U.S.

The 7-2 decision allows the administration to fast-track the removal process, and could affect thousands of immigrants.

At issue was whether a federal immigration law that aims to reduce meritless asylum claims through expedited proceedings violated immigrants’ due process rights under the Constitution.

A majority of justices ruled that Congress had the power to authorize executive agencies to remove asylum seekers without providing for a hearing in federal court.

“While aliens who have established connections in this country have due process rights in deportation proceedings, the court long ago held that Congress is entitled to set the conditions for an alien’s lawful entry into this country and that, as a result, an alien at the threshold of initial entry cannot claim any greater rights under the Due Process Clause,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority.

The majority comprised all but two of the court’s more liberal justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who dissented.