Supreme Court upholds block on Trump’s asylum ban

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to enforce new asylum rules

"The president, finding that this development encourages risky and illegal border crossings and undermines the integrity of the nation's borders, determined that a temporary suspension of entry by aliens who fail to present themselves for inspection at a port of entry along the southern border is in the nation's interest", Francisco wrote.

"The 9th Circuit, we're going to have to look at that", Trump said, before adding that "every case" that goes through that circuit results in "an automatic loss" for his administration.

Chief Justice John Roberts provided the critical vote against the administration Friday, siding with the four liberal justices. "They have escaped the law, undermined the system, and made it harder for us to actually help real asylum-seekers by flooding the system with false claims".

The Supreme Court denied the administration's request for a stay of a nationwide injunction that had blocked the new asylum restrictions, report the New York Times, the National Law Journal and the Washington Post. The administration has sought ways to block thousands of Central American men, women and children travelling in caravans to escape violence and poverty in their home countries from entering the USA, with Trump calling the people in the caravans a national security threat.

The highest court in the United States ruled by a count of five to four to prevent the Trump administration's proposed policy to deny some migrants the ability to seek asylum from taking effect.

Trump had criticized San Francisco-based U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar, who on November 19 blocked the policy.

The Court of Appeals had agreed with lower court rulings. The Administration had the support of Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and Clarence Thomas.

"We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges", Roberts said in a statement released by the court's public information office. "What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them". We need protection and security - these rulings are making our country unsafe!

"Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States", the relevant federal statute says, may apply for asylum - "whether or not at a designated port of arrival".

The current legal challenge originated in California, where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also recently ruled against the administration and said the policy was likely "inconsistent" with existing law. The legal fight on that could return to the Supreme Court.

But the Justice Department's strategy of aggressively filing appeals to the Supreme Court to overturn rulings unfavorable to the President may not be in keeping with the court's modus operandi, Toobin said. The case could take months to resolve.

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