U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump's asylum restriction

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that new asylum restrictions announced by President Trump's administration in November cannot be implemented.

At a vote of 5 to 4the high court justices upheld the decision of lower courts to block the implementation of President Trump's order denying asylum claims to immigrants who entered the country illegally.

President Trump signed the order on November 9but U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order blocking the measure days later.

A panel of judges in the ninth circuit upheld the injunction December 7.

The U.S. Department of Justice took the case to the Supreme Court, which handed down its ruling on Friday, December 21.

However, the Supreme Court's decision is on the temporary restraining order.

The Government could still fight the case on the validity of the measure itself.

In the meantime, though, migrants can turn themselves in and apply for asylum after crossing the border, the Trump administration announced on Thursday, Dec. 20 that all immigrants who entered the country illegally will be returned to Mexico while their applications are processed.