Tue Aug 27, 2019 AT 1:38 PM EDT
Central Americans in a caravan to U.S. southern border. (AP Photo/Isabel Mateos)
“Under the order, which gave the Trump administration a partial victory, federal immigration authorities appeared to be given the green light to enforce the asylum restrictions in New Mexico and Texas.”
The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to allow it to begin enforcing severe new restrictions on migrants who seek asylum protections after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
Under the joint rule issued by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security last month, migrants arriving at the southern border are ineligible for asylum unless they have sought refugee status in one of the countries they traveled through first.
The new restrictions, which seek to curb the number of asylum claims made by migrants traveling through Central America, were swiftly challenged in federal court by four immigrant rights groups, and a federal district judge in San Francisco issued a nationwide injunction last month blocking the Trump administration from enforcing the rule. Read Full Story