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Supreme Court allows Trump administration to place restrictions on asylum seekers

The order is seen as a victory for the Trump administration, allowing the administration’s asylum policy to go into practice while lower courts continue the appeals process.

In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Honduran asylum seekers enter the U.S. at San Diego’s Otay Mesa port of entry, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
In this Dec. 18, 2018 photo, Honduran asylum seekers enter the U.S. at San Diego’s Otay Mesa port of entry, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to implement a policy that would limit access for migrants seeking asylum in the United States, reports CNN.

The order is seen as a victory for the Trump administration, as it will allow the administration’s asylum policy to go into practice while lower courts in the 9th Circuit continue through the appeals process.

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar reinstated a nationwide injunction on the policy. He had previously claimed that the policy was “inconsistent with the existing asylum laws,” according to Politico.

Tuesday evening, Politico reported that the 9th District Court ruled that the injunction should be placed on a temporary hold while the court considers a longer stay.

The policy, originally announced in July by the departments of Justice and Homeland Security, would prohibit migrants from seeking asylum in the United States who passed through a third country first, according to CNN.

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg both dissented from the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday.

According to CNN, Sotomayor wrote of the decision, “Although this Nation has long kept its door open to refugees — and although the stakes for asylum seekers could not be higher —the Government implemented its rule without first providing the public notice and inviting the public input generally required.”