By Shani Benezra CBS News September 13, 2019, 8:33 PM Sunday: Omar, Schiff, Cuccinelli, Rice, Power
The Supreme Court handed the Trump administration a major legal triumph on Wednesday by allowing temporary nation-wide enforcement of a new rule that prevents most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States.
The shift, which reverses decades of U.S. policy, will deny asylum to anyone who passes through Mexico and other countries on the way to the U.S. without applying for protection in those nations.
The president hailed the decision as a "BIG United States Supreme Court WIN for the border on Asylum!"
Administration officials claim the rule will help curb "forum shopping," a term they have used to accuse migrants of preferring to seek asylum in the U.S. rather than in the countries along their journey.
But immigrant advocates say the policy ignores U.S. and international refugee law because it would force countless vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers to return to places where they will not be able to find adequate protection.
In another major shift in U.S. policy, the Trump administration will not be granting temporary protection status to people who fled the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian destroyed parts of the country.
Just over a week after the Category 5 storm devastated the islands, thousands of people there are left without food or shelter and 1,300 are still missing.
"I don't want to allow people that weren't supposed to be in the Bahamas to come into the United States including some very bad people," the president told reporters on the White House South Lawn Tuesday.
In other news, the House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to formalize their impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Having referred to his committee's actions as an "impeachment inquiry" in the past, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler addressed ongoing confusion over the semantics of his committee's intentions.
"This committee is engaged in an investigation that will allow us to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment with respect to President Trump. Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. Some call it an impeachment investigation. There is no legal difference between these terms, and I no longer care to argue about the nomenclature," he wrote.
Though at least 134 House Democrats now support opening an impeachment inquiry, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has continued to urge her colleagues to pursue other means to holding the president and administration accountable.
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