The 9th Circuit Appeals court ruled on a motion from the Trump administration to delay a judge's order to block enforcement of the policy the president announced in an attempt to dissuade caravan migrants from heading to the U.S. border.
The court rules against the Trump administration, meaning the temporary restraining order would remain in effect on the asylum policy.
The ACLU applauded the decision from its social media account Friday.
"The Ninth Circuit denied the Trump administration's request to reinstate its asylum ban in our lawsuit," the ACLU tweeted.
"The decision to keep the ban blocked is consistent with the laws made by Congress and will save lives," they claimed.
Trump made a proclamation about the change in asylum policy on November 8, where he directly referred to the migrant caravans which were heading towards the U.S. border from Honduras and other Central American nations.
"No nation can allow itself to be overwhelmed by uncontrolled masses of people rushing their border," the president said.
"Too many meritless asylum claims"
A joint statement from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker explained the rationale behind the policy change.
"Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources," said the joint statement, "preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it."
"Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility," they concluded.
The asylum ban was put on hold when Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California placed a temporary restraining order on the action.
"Whatever the scope of the President's authority," ruled Judge Tigar, "he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden."
Most of the migrants in the various caravans that eventually arrived at the border have begun to turn back after an unsuccessful attempt to breach the border and gain illegal entry into the United States.
Some migrants blamed misinformation they had believed about the ease of entry into the United States.
Here's a video from the announcement about the policy change: