SCOTUS Sides With Biden on Immigration

SCOTUS Sides With Biden on Immigration

Supreme Court Gives Biden Exactly What He Asked For

( – The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) seems to be mainly siding with conservative opinions lately, especially on matters such as the Second Amendment and abortion. However, the high court recently aligned itself with President Biden on a hot-button immigration issue. Was the tightly contested vote an attempt to appear unbiased?

Well, not really. While SCOTUS did side with the Biden administration’s desire to put an end to the Migration Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, they also sent a core part of the issue back to the lower courts. In a close 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court asserted that the White House didn’t violate the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when it sought to end the MPP, which started under former President Trump’s administration.

Under the MPP, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can quickly deport border crossers until they have an immigration or asylum hearing. The “Remain in Mexico” policy effectively replaced the “catch and release” practice.

Both a court of appeals and a district court ruled that Biden couldn’t end the MPP, claiming the administration violated the INA. However, Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Brett Kavanaugh joined Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the high court’s opinion.

SCOTUS declared that the two lower courts didn’t have the authority or jurisdiction to block the Biden administration from ending the MPP. However, it also ruled that the lower courts could vacate the White House’s end to the policy. The case will now head back to the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, which could restore the Trump-era policy and forge it into a top issue for 2024. It might even end up in front of SCOTUS again.

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