Justices boost Trump administration’s power in asylum cases

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has strengthened the Trump administration’s ability to deport people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. The high court’s 7-2 decision applies to people who are picked up at or near the border and who fail their initial asylum screenings, making them eligible for quick deportation, or expedited removal. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the high-court opinion that reversed a lower-court ruling that said asylum-seekers must have access to the federal courts. Alito wrote that Congress acted properly in creating a system “for weeding out patently meritless claims” of asylum.