The Sift Here’s what we’re Sifting today

Supreme Court allows asylum limits for now

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/12/19, 10:43 am

The Trump administration’s third country rule, which affects asylum-seekers from Central America, is back on. The Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday the United States can deny asylum to migrants if they don’t apply for it in the first country they come to after leaving home. Courts have gone back and forth on the policy, but it looks like it will stay in place while litigation against it proceeds.

How many people will this affect? An overwhelming majority of asylum-seekers at the U.S. southern border come from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. People from those three countries accounted for 99 percent of apprehensions at the border so far this year. Under the new policy, they could still apply for asylum in the United States if another country they traveled through rejected them. If not, the U.S. government will place them in fast-track deportation proceedings and fly them to their home country.

Dig deeper: Read Sophia Lee’s report for WORLD Magazine about asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico for a chance to enter the United States.

Read more from The Sift Sign up for The Sift email
Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

Read more from this writer


You must be a WORLD Member and logged in to the website to comment.
  • proudmama
    Posted: Thu, 09/19/2019 02:37 pm

    "World" lectures Christians who don't support "open borders" policies & suggests that they don't have the compassion the Bible calls for.   However, 3 facts they won't admit: 

    1.  Churches "cash in" on American tax dollars.  Is it "charity" when you're stealing from John to give to Jack?    “The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, of course, is the biggest bigfoot when it comes to lobbying for amnesty and an unlimited pipeline of refugees because they’re one of the nine holders of those exclusive, lucrative contracts for refugee resettlement,” Malkin said. “The Catholics even have their own social justice arm of lawyers who are down at the border working with other NGOs and Soros-funded groups … who are there to provide know-your-rights-seminars as soon as they greet people at the border.”

    2.   "While the United States remains a safe haven for foreign individuals who have been persecuted in their own country and is committed to having a humane asylum process, the current system is riddled with loopholes which make it ripe for abuse...Unfortunately, a growing number of asylum seekers are well-versed in our laws and, more importantly, what they need to say in order to get a foot beyond the first asylum hearing."   Thankfully, the Supreme Court handed a MAJOR WIN to the Trump administration by making migrants ineligible for asylum if they failed to request asylum in a safe third country...

    3.  Lying to government officials + disobeying the laws of the land run counter to the clear teachings of Scriptures regarding citizens & their government.  Romans 13.   World's support for illegal immigration is shameful and wrong. 

  • not silent
    Posted: Thu, 09/19/2019 04:41 pm

    Would you mind providing direct quotes from World that indicate support for "open borders" and "illegal immigration"?  If they said those things, I must have missed it.  You have quoted from other sources, but what I've read in World looks more like they are reporting on the difficulties faced by people who are trying to enter legally but run into roadblocks that make it all but impossible for them to do so and on churches trying to help people who are suffering as they try to navigate the difficult process of immigration.