The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Joe Biden’s attempt to overturn the immigration policy implemented by his predecessor, Donald TrumpThousands of asylum seekers have been forced to remain in Mexico while awaiting US hearings.
The court, with three liberal justices dissenting, rejected the Biden administration’s efforts to block a ruling by a Texas judge asking the government to revive Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy, officially known as the Immigrant Protection Protocols Program (MPP).
The court’s 6-3 conservative majority includes three justices appointed by Trump.
The judges’ short order means that US District Judge Matthew Kaxmarek’s ruling is now in effect.
The court’s decision referred to its 2020 ruling that thwarted Trump’s attempt to end a program introduced by Barack Obama that protects against the deportation of hundreds of thousands of immigrants – often called “Dreamers” – who entered the United States without papers as children.
Both cases relate to whether the government followed the correct legal procedures in resolving the policy of the previous administration.
Biden, who since taking office in January has sought to repeal many of Trump’s hard-line immigration policies, has backed away from the MPP. Republican-led Texas and Missouri challenged the Democratic president’s move.
The Biden administration turned to the Supreme Court after Kaxmarek ruled that Trump’s policy must be reinstated, and the Fifth US Court of Appeals based in New Orleans on August 19 rejected the government’s request for a delay.
The Fifth Criminal Court ruling said the Biden administration should implement the MPP “in good faith,” leaving the government with some discretion on how to proceed.
Democrats and immigration advocates have criticized the MPP, saying the policy has exposed immigrants, primarily from Central America, to dangerous conditions in Mexican border cities.
The Trump administration has cited a “security and humanitarian crisis” along the US-Mexico border in its refusal to allow immigrants seeking asylum, out of fear of persecution in their home countries, to enter the United States ahead of hearings before immigration judges.
In response to the Supreme Court order, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Omar Gadout, who challenged Trump’s policy during the previous administration, said the Biden administration should “take all available steps to end this illegal program completely, including re-terminating it with an explanation.” Complete “.
Arrests of immigrants caught crossing the southern US border have reached a 20-year high in recent months, a development Republicans blame on Biden’s shifting of Trump and other immigration policies.
The Biden administration left out a separate Trump-era order allowing US border authorities, due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, to quickly expel immigrants caught at the border without giving them a chance to seek asylum in the United States.