Migrants waiting near the Paso del Norte Bridge at the Mexico-US border. Photograph: Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty

The Trump administration has scored a significant legal victory after the supreme court backed the US president’s move to limit asylum rights. The na(...)

US Customs and Border Patrol officials check the papers of a Venezuelan family asking for asylum on the international bridge between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in July. Photograph: The New York Times

The United States supreme court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the US, whi(...)

Workers building a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US states of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico. Photograph: Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to use billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall (...)

US supreme court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, both appointed by President Donald Trump, arriving for Mr Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington in February 2019.  Photograph:  Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s two supreme court appointees went to the same Jesuit high school in the Washington suburbs – at the same time. After atten(...)

Light from the setting sun shines on the supreme court in Washington, US. Photograph:  Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The US supreme court on Tuesday let president Donald Trump enforce his policy barring certain transgender people from joining or staying in the milita(...)

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Capitol Hill in Washington on  March 18th, 2015 Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prominent liberal who, at 85, is the oldest US supreme court justice, was hospitalised on Thursday after falling in her office (...)

US president Donald Trump with his nominee for the supreme court, Brett Kavanaugh, last July. In the postwar decades, judges around the world looked to the US supreme court for inspiration. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Judges, unlike politicians, don’t owe their positions to popular endorsement. Still, like politicians, they tend to reflect how their societies think.(...)

 Donald Trump ordered his first travel ban just a week after taking office in January 2017, prompting widespread chaos and protests at airports and in cities across the US. File photograph: Timothy A Clary/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump hailed a decision by the US supreme court on Tuesday to uphold his controversial travel ban, claiming a “vindication” of his im(...)

Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft: firm is opposing the US government on  warrant for data stored abroad. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

US supreme court justices on Tuesday began deliberations on Microsoft’s dispute with the US justice department over whether prosecutors can force tech(...)

The eight men scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in Arkansas, beginning on April 17th. The Arkansas Supreme Court has now halted the execution of Bruce Earl Ward (top right). Photograph: Arkansas Department of Corrections/via Reuters

As the bells ring out on Easter weekend from the many churches that pepper the streets of Washington DC, there is an air of quiet about the city. Cong(...)

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