Thursday, June 25, 2020

Supreme Court Rejects Asylum Seeker's Challenge To Limits On Review Of Claims

The U.S. Supreme Court today in Department of Homeland Security v. Thuraissigiam, (US Sup. Ct., June 25, 2020) upheld against constitutional attack a provision in the immigration law that prevents applicants for asylum from appealing to federal courts through a habeas corpus petition an immigration judge's conclusion that the applicant lacks a "credible fear of persecution".  The court rejected arguments that the limitation violates the Constitutional ban on suspending habeas corpus and violates due process. Justices Breyer and Ginsburg concurrd, but would limit the holding to the facts of this case. Justices Sotomayor and Kagan dissented. NPR reports on the decision.