Top court OKs na­tion­wide en­force­ment of asy­lum rule

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is al­low­ing na­tion­wide en­force­ment of a new Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion rule that pre­vents most Cen­tral Amer­i­can im­mi­grants from seek­ing asy­lum in the United States.

The jus­tices’ or­der late Wed­nes­day tem­po­rar­ily un­does a lower court rul­ing that had blocked the new asy­lum pol­icy in some states along the south­ern bor­der.

The pol­icy is meant to deny asy­lum to any­one who passes through an­other coun­try on the way to the U.S. with­out seek­ing pro­tec­tion there.

Most peo­ple cross­ing the south­ern bor­der are Cen­tral Amer­i­cans flee­ing vi­o­lence and poverty in their home coun­tries.

They are largely in­el­i­gi­ble un­der the new rule. Jus­tices Ruth Bader Gins­burg and So­nia So­tomayor dis­sented from the high court’s or­der.

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