Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito just rendered a legal decision that virtually no one saw coming.
The Associated Press reports that Alito, on behalf of his colleagues, has granted a request from the Biden administration to temporarily halt the reimplementation of former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
Biden didn’t want it
Alito, who along with Justice Clarence Thomas is one of the staunchest conservatives on the high court, handed President Joe Biden a legal victory — but it may not last long.
The Remain in Mexico policy was one of former President Donald Trump’s most effective in the realm of immigration. Trump implemented the policy, formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), in order to discourage entry into America via the southern U.S. border. The rule requires those seeking asylum in the U.S. to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending, as opposed to being released into local American communities.
As we now know, Biden’s primary objective upon entering the Oval Office was to tear Trump’s immigration policies down, almost in totality — which he managed to do starting on Day One of his presidency.
Among the policies that Biden revoked was the MPP — and more recently, his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally ended the program, as Reuters reported.
Legal battles ensue
Texas and Missouri, two Republican-led states, responded to the termination of the program with a lawsuit filed against the Biden administration.
In the suit, the two states argued that Biden failed to go through the formal procedures necessary to properly end the Remain in Mexico policy. The states hoped that the court system would side with them and keep the policy in place.
The Texas-based Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk handed the two red states a victory, as Trump’s policy was ordered to be reinstated immediately.
Not surprisingly, the Biden administration responded to the legal defeat with an appeal. They took the matter to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, but to no avail. Biden lost again.
As what appeared to be a last resort, Biden and his people turned to the U.S. Supreme Court for help. Surprisingly, he finally notched a much-needed victory when Alito announced a temporary halt to the lower court’s decision to reinstate the controversial immigration program, the AP reported.
While the temporary halt will likely give the Biden administration time to properly end the program — as it should have done originally — only time will how long that will last as the immigration crisis continues to spiral out of control under Biden’s watch.