The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to lift a nationwide block that prevents a rule governing the admission of new immigrants into the United States from taking effect.
Three states—New York, Connecticut, and Vermont—and a group of immigration organizations sued the Trump administration, in separate cases, to stop the rule of taking effect. A New York district court found in favor for the challengers, prompting an appeal.
The Justice Department argued in their request that a stay on the injunctions is appropriate because the Supreme Court is likely to take up the appeals from the Second Circuit because two other appeals court have already concluded that the rule is likely to be upheld.
They argued that the "decisions by multiple courts of appeals have been rendered effectively meaningless within their own territorial jurisdictions because of a single district court’s nationwide injunctions, starkly illustrate the problems that such injunctions pose."
The department also argued that the injunctions would also "would result in effectively irreparable harm to the government."
In the Ninth Circuit Court ruling, the only order where the judges gave reasons for their decision, the judges found 2-1 that Congress did not provide direction on how the phrase “public charge” should be interpreted and the Department of Homeland Security has the discretion to do so, within its authority.