WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States (US) Supreme Court allowed nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the country.
The justices’ order late Wednesday temporarily undoes a lower-court ruling that had blocked the new asylum policy in some states along the southern border.
The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the US without seeking protection there.
Most people crossing the southern border are Central Americans fleeing violence and poverty. They are largely ineligible under the new rule, as are asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and South America who arrive regularly at the southern border.
The shift reverses decades of US policy. The administration has said that it wants to close the gap between an initial asylum screening that most people pass and a final decision on asylum that most people do not win.
“BIG US Supreme Court WIN for the Border on Asylum!” US President Donald Trump tweeted.