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Supreme Court Sides With Government On Asylum Appeals Case

In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the sun rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.
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In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the sun rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.
The ruling invalidated an earlier decision by California’s 9th circuit court of appeals on what a judge should consider when reviewing an asylum appeal.

As thousands of asylum seekers await their chance to argue why they should be allowed to stay in the U.S., a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday could impact the outcome of some of their cases.

The ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, invalidated an earlier decision by California’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on what a judge should consider when reviewing an asylum appeal. The Supreme Court's decision found that an appeals court judge must defer to the findings of the immigration law judge and the board of immigration appeals absent, "an indication that there was no other way that the case could come out except" in favor of the asylum seeker, legal analyst Dan Eaton told Midday Edition on Tuesday.

Eaton, who is a partner at the San Diego firm of Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, joined Midday Edition to discuss the ruling.