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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday issued a blow to the strong border policies of President Donald Trump who implemented the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), more commonly known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.
Rather than allowing migrants to roam free in the U.S. while awaiting processing, MPP requires migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to stay across the border during the interim.
In a 5-4 ruling on Biden v. Texas, the Supreme Court allowed the Biden administration to end the border policy, according to SCOTUSblog. Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the court, and Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Kavanaugh filed a concurring opinion. Justices Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, and Barrett dissented.
Biden v. Texas originated when Missouri and Texas sued the Biden administration for its “cancellation of the Migrant Protection Protocols, or ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in an April press release.
The Supreme Court heard new oral arguments on the case in April where the states urged the court to “uphold the lower courts’ decision courts’ decision and force the Biden Administration to continue their reimplementation of the successful ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy,” Schmitt added.
However, the Supreme Court’s ruling determined that the Biden administration is within its legal right to terminate the policy.