The U.S. Supreme Court shocked many people this week and delivered a major victory to the Trump administration.
The nation’s highest court on Wednesday delivered a 7-2 ruling to terminate a nationwide injunction that had blocked a new rule from the White House that requires most migrants entering through America’s southern border to first seek asylum in one of the countries they traveled through before getting to the U.S.
Liberal SCOTUS Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor were the only two who dissented.
On July 15, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice issued the following statement:
On July 16th, a joint Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will publish in the Federal Register … Specifically, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are revising 8 C.F.R. § 208.13(c) and 8 C.F.R. § 1208.13(c) to add a new bar to eligibility for asylum for an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border, but who did not apply for protection from persecution or torture where it was available in at least one third country outside the alien’s country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which he or she transited en route to the United States.
Soon after the policy went in place, Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco blocked the White House ban.
He wrote, “While the public has a weighty interest in the efficient administration of the immigration laws at the border, it also has a substantial interest in ensuring that the statutes enacted by its representatives are not imperiled by executive fiat,” adding that the injunction “would vindicate the public’s interest — which our existing immigration laws clearly articulate — in ensuring that we do not deliver aliens into the hands of their persecutors,” as The Texas Tribune reported.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ended the nationwide injunction against the Trump ban on Monday, but only partially.
The left-leaning court excluded California, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, Guam, Oregon and Washington and held they would be immune from the Trump ban.
Tigar’s decision led to three judges on the 9th Circuit to tighten Tigar’s order in Arizona and California.
Both New Mexico and Texas remained under the new rule from the White House.
On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit issued an administrative stay blocking Tigar’s order in all states but those served by the 9th Circuit.
The case now moves back to the 9th Circuit, “The San Francisco-based appellate court has seven Trump-appointed federal judges — more than any other federal appellate bench … Thirteen of the 29 seats are now occupied by GOP-appointed judges. Last year, that number stood at six.”
Trump took to Twitter after the ruling and said he had “an excellent telephone conversation” with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador about border security and other issues.
Earlier this summer, SCOTUS voted 5-to-4 to allow the Trump administration to proceed with plans to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to build part of the president’s wall along the southern border.
In other words, Trump has gotten two gigantic victories at the Supreme Court in recent months that give him more authority and resources to secure the border and combat illegal immigration.