The United States Supreme Court has issued a ruling against a stay in a federal case involving attempts made by President Donald Trump's administration to alter the laws surrounding how asylum cases are handled in the country.
According to a tweet from BuzzFeed News' Chris Geidner, the Court ruled 5-4 against granting a stay in the case. Four conservative members of the Court (Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh) would have granted the stay.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the other four so-called liberal bloc justices to block the Trump administration's request for a stay of a lower court order.
Roberts' involvement in denying the stay is particularly interesting. The original federal court ruling, which was made by Judge Jon Tigar of the United States District Court in San Francisco, had issued a temporary restraining order on Trump's immigration order, which would be put in place while the case moved forward, per reporting from the New York Times.
The restraining order means that the Trump administration cannot enforce the new rules on asylum, allowing immigrants in the meantime to continue applying for the status, whether they do so at the border or already living within the United States.