Amy Coney Barrett’s First Supreme Court Cases May Involve Border Wall Funding, Asylum Policies

The Supreme Court has agreed to review a pair of cases involving President Trump’s immigration policies – including challenges to border wall funding and asylum policies.

The cases could potentially represent the first involving Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

The Court announced Monday that they would hear a challenge to the administration’s use of Pentagon money to build the southern border wall.

They also agreed to review an appeal of a ruling that blocked a policy sending asylum applicants to Mexico while their cases proceed through American courts.

“The cases are expected to be heard sometime after the anticipated confirmation of President Trump’s third justice, Amy Coney Barrett,” The Hill reports.

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Supreme Court To Hear Border Wall, Asylum Cases

A federal appeals court in June ruled that $2.5 billion meant for a Pentagon counterdrug program was improperly diverted to build over 100 miles of the wall at the southern border.

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the case early next year, though as NBC News reports, “if Joe Biden wins the election, the federal government would probably stop construction anyway.”

They will also hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling on its “remain in Mexico” policy, a policy that returned asylum-seekers to Mexico as they waited for their court hearings to take place.

The policy, Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center writes, “has proven effective in stemming the flood of illegal crossings at our southern border.”

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Amy Coney Barrett’s First Cases?

The two cases “are likely to present the first major legal confrontation over Trump immigration policy to the 6-3 conservative majority court,” The Hill writes.

A vote to approve Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination is scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd.

Barrett’s nomination is expected to pass the Senate Judiciary Committee panel and move to the full Senate for approval sometime during the week of October 26th – just days before the election.



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