The New York Times reports:
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to revive a Trump administration initiative barring migrants who enter the country illegally from seeking asylum.
The court was closely divided, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joining the four-member liberal wing in turning down the administration’s request for a stay of a trial judge’s order blocking the program.
The court’s brief order gave no reasons for its action. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh said they would have granted the stay.
BREAKING: Supreme Court votes 5-4 to reject Trump on temporarily restricting asylum claims at border. Roberts joins liberals in majority. Kavanaugh joins conservatives in dissent.
— Greg Stohr (@GregStohr) December 21, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court rejects Trump plea to enforce asylum ban for immigrants who illegally cross US-Mexico border.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 21, 2018