When President Joe Biden assumed his role as Commander-In-Chief, he made it his personal mission to dismantle as many of former President Donald Trump’s policies as possible. Trump worked hard to take measures at our southern border to ensure immigrants were carefully processed and only then were they legally allowed into the U.S.. Biden wasted no time changing that.
The Supreme Court ruling on Tuesday ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the Trump-era Remain-in-Mexico policy.
The court denied, in a 6-3 ruling, the request to stop a federal court ruling ordering the administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols, known as “Remain-in-Mexico” – a border security program that took effect in 2019 that required migrants to stay in Mexico as they awaited their hearings.
After taking office, Biden immediately started tearing the MPP apart, formally ending it in June, just one of many steps the administration has taken to reverse President Donald Trump’s border policies.
Both Texas and Missouri sued on the grounds that ending the policy in June was harmful to their state and in breach of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).
In the initial ruling, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ordered the Biden administration “to enforce and implement MPP in good faith” if and until it had been “lawfully rescinded” in compliance with the APA, and until the federal government has enough detention capacity to detain all migrants subject to mandatory detention.
The Biden administration said it would appeal the ruling.
The attorney general of Missouri and Texas declared the Supreme Court ruling as an important victory.
“What we’ve seen of course since Biden’s reversal of MPP… has been an unmitigated disaster at the southern border.” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt said. “It’s been a humanitarian crisis, it’s been a national security crisis, and so to get this victory and reinstate President President Trump’s successful policy is a big win.”
“It’s fundamentally important because we have a president who looked at federal law and said, ‘I don’t have to follow federal law, I’m the president, I do what I want, It don’t care if it’s in statute, I don’t care if Congress passed it, I can do what I want, I’m the president,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “So it’s even bigger than immigration, it’s about the Constitution, the fact that even the president is supposed to follow the law.”
The Supreme Court ruling marks the latest legal defeat to the Biden administration’s efforts to change policies of the Trump administration.