The court ruled that asylum seekers claiming fear of persecution abroad do not have to be given a federal court hearing before quick removal from the United States.
The decision was written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito. Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented.
In her dissent, Sotomayor said the system Congress established short-circuits an inquiry designed to determine whether asylum-seekers “may seek shelter in this country or whether they may be cast to an unknown fate.”
“Today’s decision handcuffs the judiciary’s ability to perform its constitutional duty to safeguard individual liberty and dismantles a critical component of the separation of powers,” she wrote. “It increases the risk of erroneous immigration decisions that contravene governing statutes and treaties.”
The Supreme Court may have preserved DACA, but our work isn’t done. Mitch McConnell must allow the Senate to vote on the American Dream and Promise Act—immediately.
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) June 23, 2020
NEWS: The Supreme Court just quietly gave corporations a license to steal workers’ retirement savings — and its ruling may short circuit a separate lawsuit that Wall Street has been desperately trying to shut down https://t.co/i6FXJAWFDx
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) June 24, 2020