UK Supreme Court listens to arguments on Rwanda deportation policy

The British government’s contentious policy to stem the flow of migrants faces one of its toughest challenges this week as the U.K. Supreme Court weighs whether it’s lawful to send asylum-seekers to Rwanda. 

The Conservative government is challenging a Court of Appeal ruling in June that said the policy intended to deter immigrants from risking their lives crossing the English Channel in small boats is unlawful because the East African country is not a safe place to send them.

Three days of arguments began on Oct. 9 with the government arguing its policy is safe and lawyers for migrants from Vietnam, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Sudan contending it’s unlawful and inhumane.