Supreme Court Orders Joe Biden to Reinstate Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' Border Policy
SCOTUS hands major defeat to Biden administration over immigration policy
The United States Supreme Court has handed Democrat Joe Biden a crushing defeat in his anti-Trump immigration agenda.
In a 6-3 decision, the SCOTUS ordered Biden to reinstate President Donald Trump's "remain in Mexico" immigration policy.
The highest court in the land ruled against the Biden administration's order to end the Trump-era policy that had been successful in reducing the number of illegal immigrants flooding into the United States.
The policy required those seeking asylum in America to remain in Mexico, rather than disappear into the U.S. interior, while their documents were being processed.
Supporters argue that the policy was successful in preventing those whose applications were denied from staying in the country illegally.
Critics claim the policy was "racist," however.
Attorneys general for Missouri and Texas secured a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to order the reinstatement of the policy.
The Biden administration then asked the Supreme Court for an emergency order to block the lower court order to reinstate the policy, which is officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the administration had not sufficiently argued that it would have proven it was legal to end the policy.
He referred the matter to the court instead of granting the administration's request to block the lower court order.
Three of the court's liberal judges dissented: Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer.
Biden will have to enforce the policy while litigation continues in the courts.
Illegal alien advocates were angered by the legal development.
"I'm disgusted and sick abt the SCOTUS Remain in Mexico decision," tweeted journalist Maria Hinojosa.
"History will judge this inhumanity."
I’m disgusted and sick abt the SCOTUS Remain in Mexico decision. History will judge this inhumanity.— Maria Hinojosa (@Maria_Hinojosa) August 25, 2021
"No matter what happened tonight, we are going to keep fighting," tweeted immigration lawyer Aaron Reichlin-Melnick.
"We've been fighting MPP/Remain in Mexico since the day it was announced 2.5 years ago and we're going to keep fighting it now.
"We will not back down. This doesn't end tonight."