Supreme Court rules that Trump administration can deport some asylum-seekers without hearing claim

Posted at 8:32 AM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 21:00:55-04

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration can deport some people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge.

The high court’s 7-2 decision applies to people who fail their initial asylum screenings, making them eligible for quick deportation, or expedited removal.

ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt argued against the case and said the ruling will put lives in danger.

"This ruling fails to live up to the Constitution’s bedrock principle that individuals deprived of their liberty have their day in court, and this includes asylum seekers. This decision means that some people facing flawed deportation orders can be forcibly removed with no judicial oversight, putting their lives in grave danger," Gelernt said.

The justices ruled in the case of man who said he fled persecution as a member of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority, but failed to persuade immigration officials that he faced harm if he returned to Sri Lanka.

The man was arrested soon after he slipped across the U.S. border from Mexico.