The US Supreme Courtroom has agreed to contemplate whether or not President Joe Biden can finish a controversial Trump-era border coverage that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico as a US immigration courtroom critiques their case.
This comes after the Biden administration, late final yr, requested the conservative-leaning high courtroom to assessment choices made by appeals courts that reinstated the “Stay in Mexico” coverage carried out by former President Donald Trump in 2019.
Suspending the migration program, formally referred to as Migrant Safety Protocols, was one among Biden’s first steps upon coming into workplace. Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally ended it in June 2021.
Republicans push in opposition to suspension
Quickly after, Republican-led states of Missouri and Texas sued over the president’s motion, which led a federal choose to reinstate the coverage. A 3-judge appeals courtroom panel agreed with the choice. The district choose and two of the three appellate judges have been Trump appointees.
Trump had routinely branded migrants as a risk to nationwide safety
In its request to the Supreme Courtroom, the Justice Division argued that this system “exposes migrants to unacceptable” dangers and the earlier courtroom choices have been based mostly on “inaccurate interpretations” of the legislation. The highest courtroom now plans to listen to arguments in April, with a call anticipated by late June.
Asylum-seekers left uncovered
Up to now, Homeland Safety Secretary Mayorkas acknowledged that the migrant coverage presumably contributed to a drop in unlawful border crossings in 2019, however got here at “substantial and unjustifiable human prices” to asylum-seekers, lots of whom have been uncovered to violence whereas ready for his or her hearings in Mexico.
After it was reinstated, 572 individuals had been returned to Mexico between December and February 13, in accordance with the United Nations migration company.
Whereas Biden has pledged a extra humane immigration coverage, each administrations have used particular powers, geared toward stopping the unfold of the coronavirus, to expel greater than 1.5 million migrants since March 2020. They weren’t given a chance to assert asylum.
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