The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the Trump administration’s request to let it enforce its new asylum ban while the case makes its way through the courts.
In a 5-4 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts joined his more liberal colleagues in denying the Justice Department’s stay request to implement the ban which would bar migrants who enter the US without authorization from requesting asylum.
The move from the four conservative justices who would’ve granted the stay means they believe there is a strong likelihood that the Trump administration will succeed in its appeal attempt to enforce the new policy.
The ruling comes two days after a federal judge in San Francisco issued a ruling preventing the administration from enforcing the policy as the case moves forward. The Justice Department has not yet appealed Wednesday’s ruling
The Supreme Court’s decision on Friday means the administration’s asylum policy will remain on hold pending a merits appeal of that ruling from earlier this week.
Zoe Tillman contributed reporting.
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