The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has traditionally ruled against the Trump administration, handed President Donald Trump a rare immigration victory Friday night.
What are the details?
The appeals court issued a stay against a lower court decision — which came just four days earlier — that blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a policy that forced migrants to wait in Mexico while U.S. authorities processed their asylum requests.
However, the stay was only temporary. The court will consider extending the stay sometime next week, according to the New York Times.
The court gave civil liberty groups until Tuesday to submit arguments for why the policy should be overthrown, while giving the Justice Department until Wednesday to submit arguments for why the policy should remain in place.
What’s the background?
On Monday, Federal District Court Judge Richard Seeborg granted an injunction against the Trump administration’s policy. Seeborg claimed the policy violated existing immigration law. He also claimed the president did not have the power to enforce the policy.
Seeborg’s injunction was set to go into effect Friday, which explains the emergency stay from the 9th Circuit.
In December, the Trump administration rolled out a new policy that forced migrants who entered the U.S. illegally to wait in Mexico while U.S. authorities processed their asylum requests.
The policy sought to end the controversial practice of so-called “catch and release,” where non-criminal migrants would essentially be released into the general population while courts decided their asylum requests.