June 26, 2020 / Modified jun 26, 2020 11:46 a.m.

Arizona attorney general praises SCOTUS asylum decision

Brnovich said the ruling impacting the quick deportation of asylum seekers prevents a backlog in the immigration system.

PHOENIX — The Arizona attorney general is praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against an extra check on the executive branch’s power to quickly deport certain asylum seekers.

Mark Brnovich said in a release that the ruling prevents yet another backlog in the immigration system.

The Supreme Court ruling applies to migrants taken into custody near the border who fail an initial asylum screening. When it happens, the government can move to deport them quickly.

Officials who make and review those decisions work for the executive branch, which has aimed to restrict asylum. Immigrant rights groups wanted migrants to be able to appeal those decisions to a federal judge. But the Supreme Court did not agree.

Brnovich and other states had argued that the process for fast deportations has been proven crucial to keep the border functioning.

The Justice Department called the high court’s decision a victory for immigration law enforcement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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