The Supreme Court of the United States announced that the administration of President Joe Biden can suspend the “Stay in Mexico” programin his attempt to end a policy initiated by his predecessor Donald Trump, which forced tens of thousands of migrants to remain in Mexico awaiting hearings on their asylum claims.
The justices, in a 5-4 ruling, overturned a federal appeals court decision that demanded Biden restart Trump’s “Stay in Mexico” policy after the states of Texas and Missouri, governed by Republicans, demanded the maintenance of the program.
The ruling is a victory for Bidenwhich appealed the lower court’s decision, and its plan to implement a more “humane” approach to the border with Mexico.
The judges concluded that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, was wrong in considering that federal immigration law required sending migrants back to Mexico if there was not enough space to detain them in the United States.
The judges also threw out the 5th Circuit’s decision to overturn the government’s June 2021 decision to end the program.
“Stay in Mexico” program was adopted by Trump since 2018
The Trump administration in 2018 adopted the policy, formally called “Migrant Protection Protocols”in response to a increase of the migration along the border between the United States and Mexico.
It prevented certain non-Mexican migrants, including asylum seekers who they fear being persecuted in their home countriesbe released into the United States to await release proceedings. immigration.
Biden suspended the policy in January 2021, shortly after taking office, and moved to terminate it five months later. Around 68,000 people were affected by the rule since it came into force in 2019 and until Biden suspended it.
Republicans have criticized Biden’s immigration policies, arguing that the “Stay in Mexico” effectively deterred illegal migration.