Supreme Court hands Trump a victory on asylum restriction

President Donald Trump scored a major legal victory on immigration on Wednesday as the Supreme Court gave him the go-ahead to proceed with a new policy barring asylum for migrants who pass through another country en route to the U.S.

The high court order allows the policy, which is expected to drastically reduce asylum granted to Central American migrants, to be implemented across the U.S.-Mexico border as court challenges over its legality play out.

While the Supreme Court’s emergency stay is technically an interim one, it appears unlikely that the justices would hear arguments on the dispute this term, creating the prospect that Trump’s policy could be in effect through next year’s election regardless of how the high court ultimately rules.

Only two justices noted dissent from the Supreme Court’s action, Democratic appointees Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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