Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
Despite claims to be in favor of ‘law and order,’ the Trump administration has been essentially trying to change American asylum law by fiat. But on Friday, the Supreme Court blocked the administration’s attempt to jumpstart its cruel policies, which were previously blocked by a federal judge in California.
To block President Donald Trump’s policy, Chief Justice John Robert abandoned his fellow conservatives and joined with the court’s four liberals, proving that he is willing to oppose the president, at least on some key issues of executive power.
The case involved the administration’s attempt to revamp American asylum policy to automatically deny the claims of asylum-seekers who cross the border between authorized ports of entry.…