A federal judge just handed a huge win to former President Donald Trump and his efforts to secure the U.S.–Mexico border.
According to Breitbart, a judge has ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), better known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which President Joe Biden quashed earlier this year.
The policy forces those seeking asylum at the U.S.–Mexico border to wait in Mexico while their claims are processed.
“Remain in Mexico”
The judge’s ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the attorneys general of Texas and Missouri, who argued that their states suffered financial harm due to the policy change.
The AGs also said the changes came in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and other existing immigration laws.
In his 53-page ruling, not only did U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk restore the “Remain in Mexico” policy, but he also vacated a June memo from DHS that ended the program, and he tasked the Biden administration with keeping the court updated with stats on border crossings, apprehensions, detentions, and paroles of illegal aliens.
The reporting is ostensibly part of an effort to ensure the White House complies with the judge’s order.
“The Court has already found that the states face fiscal harm from the termination of MPP,” Judge Kacsmaryk, who was appointed by Trump, wrote in his ruling, according to Breitbart. “But the fact that Plaintiffs suffer fiscal injuries does not indicate the June 1 Memorandum is arbitrary and capricious. Rather, it is the fact that the agency did not consider the costs to the States at all.”
A “big win”
In the days since the decision was handed down, the attorneys general in both Texas and Missouri have heralded their win.
Writing Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) called the ruling “another victory” for the state and a “major loss” for Biden.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) has also celebrated the decision, calling it a “big win for border security” in a Friday tweet of his own.
BREAKING: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt just won a MAJOR immigration lawsuit against the Biden Administration. This evening, a federal court sided with Missouri and Texas and ordered the Biden Admin to REINSTATE the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Big win for border security! pic.twitter.com/JXQYJXKAvU
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) August 14, 2021