WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a federal judge’s ruling that blocked the Trump administration from denying asylum to immigrants who enter the U.S. illegally from Mexico.
The court voted 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the four liberal justices.
The Trump administration last week asked the Supreme Court to temporarily lift the injunction while the government appealed the ban at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The new asylum restrictions announced in November by the Trump administration would bar an immigrant from seeking asylum unless the person applied at an official border crossing.
Two lower courts have ruled against the government, however, saying immigration law allows immigrants to apply for asylum regardless of how they enter the U.S.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh said they would have granted the government’s request.