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Supreme Court sides with Trump administration on process to remove asylum seekers

Court upholds the government's ability to deport unauthorized immigrants near the border.

Updated: June 25, 2020 - 2:45pm

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the expedited removal of illegal immigrants apprehended near the U.S. border does not violate the Constitution. 

The court upheld the government's ability to deport illegal immigrants on an expedited basis, if they are found within two weeks of entering the country and are less than 100 miles from the border.

A caveat to the ruling is that under the Convention Against Torture, the United States is not permitted to send unauthorized immigrants back to countries where they will likely be tortured. Individuals who illegally cross the border with such fears are allowed to request an interview with an asylum officer. Should the officer deny the person's claim, they are entitled to a review by an immigration judge. 

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