Update: September 12, 3:50 pm:

The September 12 issue of Immigration Daily reports that USCIS Director Cuccinelli has issued a statement in support of the September 11 Supreme Court's asylum decision discussed below, alleging that;

"...our nation's asylum system [has] been exploited by drug cartels, human traffickers and other organized crime factions..."

This misleading and meretricious statement continues the despicable attempts of Donald Trump and his administration to vilify and defame, not only asylum seekers, but nonwhite immigrants in almost every category, both legal and illegal, from the moment that Trump made his first racist attack on Mexican immigrants when he began his campaign for president in 2015.

While Cuccinelli did admit that there is a such a thing as legitimate asylum seekers, just as Trump said that there are some good Mexicans four years ago, that does not excuse the fact thatTrump's entire anti-immigrant campaign has been based on an utterly despicable attempt to link immigrants with violent crime - unless they are from "Countries like Norway", of course.

With Cuccineeli's statement today, which says nothing about the desperate condition of people. seeking to escape gang violence and other forms of abuse and persecution in Central America and other parts of the worlds, America's descent into the abyss of racial hatred and authoritarian rule that began when Trump first took office as president is growing even deeper.

Update, September 12, 3:05 pm:

See also, America's Voice (September 12):


Has the U.S. Supreme Court Become the Trump Court on Immigration?

http:// bit.ly/34BWwdL

My original comment follows below:


September 11, 2019, will go down as a sad and dark day in US history - the day that a partisan, Republican-dominated US Supreme Court put the goal of rubber-stamping Trump's and Stephen Miller's agenda of keeping nonwhite immigrants out of the United States by any possible means ahead of the goal of upholding one of the most fundamental principles of international asylum and human rights law, This principle is that human beings have the right to flee from persecution in their home countries without being forced to stay in places where they would be in danger. See, CNN:

Supreme Court clears the way for new asylum restrictions to take effect

https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/11/politics/supreme-court-asylum-rule/index.html

No one seriously claims that Mexico, where Trump's and Miller's new rule would force asylum seekers to apply first before asking for asylum in the US, meets the standards of a "Safe Third Country" under US or international asylum law. See: Human Rights First: Fact Sheet; November 2018:

Is Mexico Safe for Refugees and Asylum Seekers?

Other, Central American, countries that some asylum seekers have to pass through to reach Mexico, are even less safe. Therefore, even though the Supreme Court ruling is only on a temporary injunction issue, it is a strong indication of what the final result is likely to be be on the merits: Trump-Miller white supremacist immigration agenda first; asylum human rights law last, or not at all.

CNN quotes Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a ringing dissent joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, as follows:

"Once again the Executive Branch has issued a rule that seeks to upend longstanding practices regarding refugees who seek shelter from persecution...Although this nation has long kept its door open to refugees - and although the stakes for asylum seekers could not be higher, the Government implemented its rule without providing the public notice and inviting the public input generally required."


One can predict that 25 or 50 years from now, American schoolchildren will be studying about Justice Sotomayor's above dissenting words as a milestone in the struggle for American freedom, equality and human rights, long after the darkness of the bigoted Trump-Miller era has been consigned to the dustbin of history.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law