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President Trump visits the southern border fence in Otay Mesa, California, lastSeptember. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled against the Trump administration's third-country asylum rule late Tuesday.

Why it matters: Per Neal Katayal, a lawyer involved in the legal challenge, the District Court decision "invalidates" the transit ban.

"The decision by Judge Kelly, who President Trump appointed to the bench in 2017, goes into effect immediately."
— Katayal's tweet
  • The decision comes on the heels of the Supreme Court ruling last Thursday that the Trump administration violated federal law when it ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The big picture: The third-country rule prevented immigrants from claiming asylum in the U.S. if they did not apply via a third country they passed through first on their way to the southern border. 

  • Axios has contacted the Trump administration for comment.

Read the decision via DocumentCloud:

Go deeper: Trump administration proposes toughest asylum rules yet

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Trump admin appeals to Supreme Court to stop census count early

A September census event in Reading, Pa. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

The Trump administration filed an emergency application to the Supreme Court Wednesday in an attempt to stop the census count early, after a federal judge ordered that it continue through Oct. 31, the Economist first reported.

Driving the news: A federal appeals court rejected the Trump administration's request earlier Wednesday to end the count early, after U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued a preliminary injunction in San Jose, California, allowing the head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October.

Pence attacks Harris for refusing to say whether Democrats would expand Supreme Court

Vice President Pence called out Sen. Kamala Harris at Wednesday's vice presidential debate for refusing to answer whether Democrats would add more justices to the Supreme Court if they win the White House and Senate.

Why it matters: A number of Democrats have proposed court packing as a response to Republicans rushing to confirm a conservative Supreme Court justice with less than a month until the election. Biden has previously said he opposes court packing, but has repeatedly ducked questions about it recent weeks — including at last week's presidential debate.

Updated 8 hours ago - Politics & Policy

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.