Trump admin appeals asylum policy ruling to Supreme Court

The Trump administration on Tuesday made an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court to allow the enforcement of its asylum policy.

The appeal comes after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday decided not to lift an injunction preventing the asylum ban from being enforced.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote in the appeal to the Supreme Court that the injunction is "unwarranted because it virtually guarantees that the harms the rule addresses will continue to occur during litigation."

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"At a minimum, this Court should narrow the injunction to cover only specific aliens respondents identify as actual clients in the United States who would otherwise be subject to the rule," Francisco also wrote.

The Trump administration in November attempted to crack down on asylum by prohibiting certain people who cross into the country between ports of entry from claiming asylum.

But Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California later ruled against the policy, writing in his ruling that Trump can't "rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden."

That prompted Trump to call Tigar an "Obama judge" as he blasted the ruling.

Then, last week, the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit ruled against the Trump administration as it sought to delay Tigar's order. 

"We agree with the district court that the Rule is likely inconsistent with existing United States law," the court wrote.