The Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy (formally known as the “Migrant Protection Protocol [MPP] and reported on here and here) received an unexpected boost from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday, when the three-judge panel issued a stay on a lower court injunction that had sought to end the policy.
MPP, as yet being used only in a limited rollout, requires asylum seekers apprehended crossing the border illegally from Mexico into the United States to be sent back to Mexico to await their cases’ adjudication.
The Ninth Circuit has been a roadblock to many of President Trump’s initiatives, and pro-illegal immigration activists expressed horror at the surprise decision. One Charanya Krishnaswami, an official at Amnesty International USA, said, “The decision to allow this cruel and irresponsible policy to continue will put many more people seeking protection in harm’s way.”
Two of the judges themselves, both Democrat appointees, expressed personal disagreement with the decision but ruled nevertheless on the basis of the law, rather than emotion.
For more, see the Washington Times.