The United States Supreme Court recently gave the Trump administration permission to enforce deep restrictions on asylum seekers at the southern border, according to NBC News. As a result of the ruling, the U.S. can refuse a request for asylum from anyone who fails to first apply for it in another country—after leaving their country of origin—but before reaching the United States.
This was not good news for migrants from Honduras or Guatemala who did not first ask for asylum in Mexico. “The new restriction is needed to respond to an unprecedented surge of people who enter the country illegally and seek asylum if they are caught,” stated Solicitor General Noel Francisco. “The rule screens out asylum seekers who declined to request protection at their first opportunity,” Francisco continued. Currently, immigration courts face a backlog of 436,000 asylum requests.