The Trump administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let it enforce its new asylum rule.
The Department of Justice said in a filing Tuesday the policy is meant to "address an ongoing crisis at the southern border, with significant implications for ongoing diplomatic negotiations and foreign relations."
The rule in question here would ban people from applying for asylum if they crossed the border into the U.S. illegally.
Last month, a federal judge temporarily blocked the government from enforcing the policy and accused President Donald Trump of rewriting immigration laws "to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden."
And last week, judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that decision, saying the rule is "likely inconsistent with existing United States law."
There are currently thousands of Central American migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, awaiting the chance to seek asylum in the U.S.
Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.