Feb 18, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court to review Biden's effort to end "Remain in Mexico" policy

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Biden administration's case to end the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" program.

Why it matters: Last year, the Biden administration restarted the policy, which requires asylum-seekers at the southern border to wait in Mexico while their applications are pending, after a lower court said it "failed to consider several critical factors" before terminating the program.

  • The Justice Department is asking the Supreme Court to rule on whether Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is required to implement the directive.
  • Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration, claiming the program's suspension worsened conditions at the border.
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