A federal court on Friday upended a central pillar of the Trump administration’s immigration agenda, ruling that asylum seekers must be allowed into the United States while their cases weave through American immigration courts.
In their opinion on Friday, the judges said the policy is “invalid in its entirety”
In a separate ruling on Friday, the same panel of appeals court judges rejected another of the Trump administration’s attempts to restrict asylum. In that case, the judges reviewed a policy that blocks anyone who had entered the United States illegally — as opposed to presenting themselves at a legal port of entry — from applying for asylum.
Not clear what happens next.
Government lawyers may quickly move to reverse the decision, before border agents are once again overwhelmed by thousands of people who must now be processed and allowed into the United States. They could request an immediate stay, or an “en banc” review by all of the judges on the Ninth Circuit — once a reliably progressive venue that has seen a number of recent conservative appointees under President Trump. Another option would be to request that the case be taken up by the Supreme Court, where President Trump has secured a conservative majority.