Hopes of the American Dream for thousands of Mexican migrants seeking asylum in the United States remain suspended, as The US Supreme Court, on Tuesday, with three liberal justices dissenting, rejected the Biden administration’s effort to block a Texas-based judge’s ruling requiring the government to revive Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. The MPP compelled thousands of asylum seekers to stay in Mexico awaiting U.S. hearings.
According to a report by Lawrence Hurley and Ted Hesson on Reuters News, The Supreme Court’s 6-3 conservative majority includes three justices appointed by Trump. The brief order by the justices means that U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s ruling now goes into effect.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement it regretted the Supreme Court’s decision and would continue to “vigorously challenge” the district court ruling. As the appeals process continues, it said, the agency will comply with the order “in good faith” and has begun discussions with Mexico.
The court’s decision referenced its 2020 ruling that thwarted Trump’s bid to end a program introduced by Democratic former President Barack Obama that protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants – often called “Dreamers” – who entered the United States illegally as children.
The States of Texas and Missouri, led by Republicans, had challenged President Biden’s policy decision to roll back Trump’s “remain in Mexico”” policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program.
Biden’s administration turned to the Supreme Court after U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ordered for the reinstatement of the Trump policy and the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 19 denied the government’s request for a delay.
The 5th Circuit’s decision said the Biden administration must implement the Migration Protection Protocols program in “good faith,” which leaves the government some discretion in how to move forward.
Democrats and immigration advocates criticized the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, saying the policy subjected migrants, primarily from Central America, to dangerous conditions in Mexican border cities.
Arrests of migrants caught crossing the U.S. southern border have reached 20-year highs in recent months, a development that Republicans blame on Biden’s reversal of MPP and other Trump immigration policies.