The Supreme Court has temporarily lifted a ban on a policy that would keep many Central American migrants from seeking U.S. asylum.
The rule in question would bar migrants from requesting asylum in the U.S. if they traveled through another country without seeking protections there first.
The solicitor general, representing the Trump administration, said in a Supreme Court brief that the policy aims to handle "an unprecedented surge" in illegal border crossings. He said those migrants, "if apprehended, claim asylum and remain in the country while their claims are adjudicated."
A San Francisco judge blocked the administration's policy for a second time earlier this week, saying it was "necessary to give prevailing parties the relief to which they are entitled." The Supreme Court's decision overrules that.
In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, "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."