A US appeals court has handed President Donald Trump a defeat by refusing to lift an injunction that is blocking his controversial ban on asylum seekers.
Trump signed a presidential proclamation last month that US authorities would not process asylum claims of migrants outside of official ports of entry. Civil rights groups challenged the measure, arguing the November 9 order violated administrative and immigration law.
A federal judge in San Francisco said last month that Trump’s policy “irreconcilably” conflicted with immigration law and the “expressed intent of Congress” and issued a temporary restraining order against the measure.
The US Department of Justice blasted that ruling as “absurd” and asked the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to allow the asylum ban to take effect while the lawsuits proceed.
In a blow to the administration, a panel of judges on the appeals court said Friday that the lower court’s temporary injunction…