In a huge win that puts America first, the Supreme Court overwhelmingly upheld the Trump Administration’s right to fast-track the deportation of some illegal immigrants.
From Voice of America:
In a 7-2 decision Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that asylum seekers cannot challenge their fast-tracked deportation cases in federal courts, giving the Trump administration a victory in its pursuit of restrictionist immigration policies.
Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito said asylum seekers whose claims do not pass an initial screening by immigration officials do not have a constitutional right to make their case before a judge and are subject to expedited removal from the United States. Alito described the system as “weeding out patently meritless [asylum] claims.”
Federal law holds that migrants who enter the U.S. without permission and can’t demonstrate a credible fear of returning to their home countries can be deported quickly. An asylum officer makes an initial determination whether the migrant has a “credible fear of persecution or torture.” If a migrant passes the screening, they can make their case in a U.S. immigration court. On average, pending cases wait nearly two years between initial screenings and the full court hearing.