The US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito temporarily blocked Texas federal judge’s order to reinstate the Trump administration’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ immigration policy President Biden halted, Fox News reports.
The Texas judge accepted on August 13 the request made in the Texas and Missouri attorneys general’s lawsuit seeking the reinstatement of the immigration policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), arguing that Biden administration’s move to end it was a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).
Alito’s temporary stay will be in effect until Tuesday night when he will review the filings in connection with the case with the other Supreme Court justices, and comes one day after Biden administration request to delay the policy was denied by the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans.
Shortly after entering office, Biden promised to end the MPP – established in 2019 by the Trump administration- that involved sending migrants back to Mexico instead of releasing them into the US while waiting for their asylum proceedings to end.
His administration formally halted the program in June, arguing the policy created in cooperation with Mexico was cruel and led to migrants being put in danger in camps across the border.
The lawsuit Missouri and Texas filed argued that ending the policy would harm both southern border states, would encourage migrants arrivals and human trafficking and will increase crime rates as well as education and healthcare costs for the states in border areas.