SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday certified its month-old ruling allowing the Biden administration to end a fundamental Trump-era border policy to keep asylum seekers in Mexico waiting for hearings. in U.S. immigration court, a pro forma act that drew attention amid near total silence from the White House on when, how and even if it will dismantle the policy.
The two words roll registration read “judgment rendered” to record that the judges voted 5-4 in a decision published on June 30 that the administration could abandon the “Remain in Mexico” policy, reversing a lower court ruling that forced the policy to be reinstated in December.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said shortly after the Supreme Court victory that the justices should report the decision to a lower court, which, in turn, should lift the order to keep the policy in place. place in a lawsuit filed by the State of Texas. Beyond that, administration officials have said little, including whether any of the thousands of people subject to the policy since December will be allowed to enter and remain in the United States while their cases are considered by the immigration court.
The White House Department of Homeland Security had no immediate comment on the Supreme Court’s certification; the Justice Department declined to comment. Mexican officials had no immediate comment.
Around 70,000 migrants have been subject to the policy, officially known as the “Migrant Protection Protocols” or MPP, from the time former President Donald Trump introduced it in January 2019 until the President Joe Biden suspended her on his first day in office in January 2021, fulfilling a campaign promise. Many were allowed to return to the United States to pursue their businesses during the first months of Biden’s presidency.
Nearly 5,800 people were subjected to the policy from December to June, figures show out Friday, a modest number that would make any reluctance to end it less plausible. Nicaraguans make up the largest number, with others from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela.
A sign posted last week at the entrance to the Salvation Army migrant shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, by the United Nations’ International Organization for Migration appeared to better reflect public understanding of the status of the policy. : “Wait for the official information! The Remain in Mexico (MPP) program remains in effect. The United States Government will notify you of any changes.
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