On Friday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a dispute over the Biden administration’s efforts to end a controversial Trump-era immigration measure that forces asylum seekers at the U.S. southern border to stay in Mexico while their applications are being processed.
In a brief order, the justices said they would hear arguments in April on whether the Biden administration should continue the policy despite a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ruling that the measure was not not in the national interest of the United States.
Old President TrumpDonald TrumpNow is the time to rebuild the US refugee resettlement program Is a post-Trump media world beginning to take shape? Major government surveillance revelations don’t make a big splash MOREThe “stay in Mexico” policy, implemented in 2019, prevented migrants at the Mexican border from entering the United States to seek asylum, leaving tens of thousands of people awaiting their fate in Mexico , according to previous Biden administration estimates.
More than 60,000 asylum seekers have been returned to Mexico under the policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols. This was a departure from the previous practice of allowing those fleeing violence to cross the border and seek asylum in the United States.
Critics say asylum seekers often face persecution and abuse upon returning to Mexico.
The Biden administration sought to formally end the Trump-era policy last June in a memorandum released by the Homeland Security Secretary Alexander MayorkasAlejandro Mayorkas 42nd anniversary title marks headache for Biden, standoff with lawmakers Exclusive: Two Black Caucus members call on DHS to stop deportations to Haitiprompting a legal challenge by the attorneys general of Texas and Missouri.
Trump-appointed Texas-based U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled against the Biden administration, saying it failed to provide a legally adequate rationale for its cancellation. He ordered that the policy should remain in place until the administration undergoes a lengthy administrative process to overturn it.
DHS undertook a further review of the program, which led Mayorkas in October to order its termination. But a federal appeals court upheld the district court’s decision, prompting the Biden administration to appeal in December to the Supreme Court.
“DHS has therefore been forced to reinstate and continue to implement indefinitely a controversial policy that the Secretary has twice determined is not in the best interests of the United States,” the administration wrote in its petition. on appeal from December.
A decision in the case, Biden v. Texas, et al.is planned for the summer.