FederalImmigration & BorderIssuesJudicialU.S. Supreme Court Decides Biden Administration May End Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

The State of Texas enjoyed a temporary victory last year when a federal judge ordered the Biden administration to reimplement the policy.
June 30, 2022
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The U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Biden administration may terminate the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy.

The decision is a defeat for Attorney General Ken Paxton’s efforts to advance assertive border security policies in federal courts. The State of Missouri is also a plaintiff in the suit.

The MPP required foreign individuals to wait in Mexico while immigration officials in the U.S. considered their claims of asylum.

Previously, the nation’s high court decided in Texas’ favor by declining to block U.S. District Judge Matthew Kaczmaryk’s order that the federal government continue the policy while litigation proceeded.

Reinstating the policy faced roadblocks, including resistance from the Mexican government and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ focus on finding the legal maneuvers required to end it.

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In a statement after the announcement, Gov. Greg Abbott said it “will only embolden the Biden Administration’s open border policies.”

“More than fifty people recently died in a trailer—people who were allowed to cross our border illegally because of President Biden’s policies,” Abbott said, referring to a recent human smuggling tragedy in San Antonio that cost dozens of lives. 

“Reinstating and fully enforcing Remain-in-Mexico would deter thousands more migrants from making that deadly trek, and President Biden should take that simple step to secure the border because it is the only humane thing to do.”

The remain in Mexico policy is reviled by supporters of more lenient border security measures, who contend it has resulted in foreign individuals becoming victims of violence and inhumane conditions in Mexico.

A copy of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision can be found below.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."