The court refused to rule to accept the Trump Admin’s efforts to limit migrants from applying for asylum in the United States….
The ruling was 5-4 with Justice Roberts joining the left leaning other members of the court….
This another in the series of cases before the nations highest court that Trump and the Right have lost….
Donald Trump continues to have a rough week….
Trump has attacked the court recently causing the Chief Justice Roberts to come to the courts defense against the President’s words…
The ruling follows a new policy issued by the Trump administration on Thursday that will require all asylum-seekers who cross the southwest border to return to Mexico while their application is being decided in the U.S. Immigration advocates have vowed to fight that policy in federal court, which would add another level of court battles to the administration’s attempts to limit asylum in the U.S.
Friday’s ruling from the Supreme Court dealt only with the administration’s ban on migrants who cross the border illegally.
The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act states that any foreigner who arrives in the USA, “whether or not at a designated port of arrival,” may apply for asylum. On Nov. 9, Trump tried to overrule that law, signing a presidential proclamation ending the ability of immigrants to request asylum if they enter the country illegally.
Tigar conceded that presidents have broad authority over immigration, but wrote that U.S. law was very clear and that Trump “may not rewrite the immigration laws” as he sees fit.
The Justice Department appealed that decision to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but took the unusual step of trying to leap-frog the 9th Circuit and have the Supreme Court decide whether the asylum ban could be re-activated while the case proceeds through the courts.
Tigar’s ruling also led to a rare war of words between a president and the Supreme Court. In a series of tweets, Trump bashed the 9th Circuit — even though it has not yet ruled on the asylum ban — as politically biased. That prompted Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to say there are no “Obama judges” or “Trump judges” but “an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.”….