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Supreme Court agrees to rule on Trump's immigration policies

Supreme Court agrees to rule on Trump's immigration policies”

The wall case, meanwhile, involves the president's emergency border declaration and his shift of billions of dollars from Pentagon accounts to wall-building.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration of a ruling that he overstepped his constitutional powers by diverting military funds to pay for his promised wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

That eliminated the incentive to make bogus asylum claims, because it denied migrants the chance to live in the USA while their cases were pending.

One case will deal with the Trump administration policy known informally as "Remain in Mexico", which began in January 2019.

Although the court did not say when it will hear the cases, arguments are likely to be heard well after the November 3 election.

The case will not be argued before the winter and it's unclear how the presidential election would affect the case, if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House.

As a practical matter, much of the $2.5 billion has been spent and the portions of the wall funded by it have been built.

It became a key pillar of the administration´s response to an unprecedented surge of asylum-seeking families at the border, drawing criticism for having people wait in highly risky Mexican cities.

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But in both instances, Trump's lawyers won orders from the Supreme Court that allowed his policies to go into effect while the legal disputes proceeded in lower courts.

Immigration advocacy groups and 11 individual asylum seekers who fled violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and were returned to Mexico after entering the United States filed suit to challenge the legality of the policy.

Similarly, the Supreme Court allowed the controversial "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy that mandates that non-Mexican asylum seekers return to Mexico until their immigration proceedings in the U.S. to stay in effect pending appeals. The Justice Department estimated in late February that there were 25,000 people still waiting in Mexico for hearings in USA court.

Mr. Biden has also said he would halt border wall construction, though he hasn't said what should happen to the more than 400 miles border officials say will have been completed by the end of this year. On October 10, judges in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declared that a transfer is illegal, in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Those hearings were suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

While the wall-funding saga continues, another Trump policy has come under Supreme Court scrutiny.

Lower courts have ruled his siphoning of money illegal, but the high court has allowed him to continue construction while the cases wind their way through the courts.

At the time, the money Trump identified included NZ$3.8 billion in Defense Department money, NZ$5.4 billion from military construction funds and NZ$906 million from the Treasury Department's asset forfeiture fund. That includes sections in California, Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas.



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