The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Joe Biden has the power to end Donald Trump’s “stay in Mexico” policy, which forces asylum-seeking migrants to wait south of the border US while their applications are being processed.
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The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), as the program is officially known, was denounced by human rights advocates and suspended by Biden upon taking office in January 2021. The states of Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration, however, and a Trump-appointed federal judge issued an injunction to compel the government to take over the MPP.
Chief Justice John Roberts said the use of the word “may” in the relevant immigration law makes it clear that return to contiguous territory is a tool that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security “has the power to , but not duty, to use.”
The ruling has implications beyond “staying in Mexico” as it limits the ability of lower courts to intervene in immigration enforcement and detention cases, said Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, director policies of the American Immigration Council, in a statement welcoming the end of the “cruel and inhumane program to stay in Mexico”.
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“Limiting access to justice to challenge immigration law enforcement cases sets a dangerous precedent by giving agencies unchecked powers to arrest, detain and deport,” he said. he declares.
Rep. Chuy Garcia, a Mexican-American Democrat who represents a district in Illinois, said the Supreme Court’s decision “underscores the Biden administration’s authority” to take executive action on issues related to immigration and asylum”.
To comply with the lower court order, the Biden administration reached an agreement last December with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) to reinstate Remain-in-Mexico. As of early December 2021, more than 26,500 MPP-listed migrants were in eight Mexican border towns, according to data from the University of Texas.