Amy Coney Barrett likely would uphold Trump immigration policies, analysts say

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court, smiles for a photo with Senator David Perdue, R-GA at the US Capitol on September 30, 2020, in Washington, DC. /Anna Moneymaker, Pool photo

By Daniel Gonzalez | Arizona Republic

If confirmed for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett likely would uphold many of the Trump administration’s tougher immigration policies, including the rollback of DACA and the Remain in Mexico policy, analysts say.

The analysts are looking at Barrett’s limited legal history for clues on how President Donald Trump’s nominee might act if she is confirmed to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the nation’s highest court.

Barrett, 48, a University of Notre Dame law school professor before joining the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit nearly three years ago, has written decisions in three immigration-related cases.

In those immigration cases, Barrett’s decisions suggest she is a judge who interprets laws based on a rigid reading of the texts, rather than trying to decipher lawmakers’ intent.

They also suggest she takes a more conservative approach toward giving the executive branch broad authority in immigration matters, analysts say.


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