The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Wednesday to shelve arguments on a pair of cases related to former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, The Washington Times reported.
According to the Times, the SCOTUS had been set to hear arguments on a case dealing with funding for Trump’s famed border wall, as well as hold a hearing on the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims were processed, rather than being released into the United States.
In both cases, attorneys for the Department of Justice said President Joe Biden had already moved to change the Trump-era policies. Among dozens of executive orders signed by the new president is one halting funding for the border wall, the Times said, “and the new administration is reviewing the Mexico policy,” the outlet reported.
Changes at the border
Other orders signed by Biden make clear that immigration is a priority for him; immediately after taking office, the president issued a 100-day freeze on deportations, though a federal judge swiftly issued an injunction blocking the move after it was challenged by the state of Texas, Fox News reported.
Biden has also moved to “streamline” the naturalization process and reunify “migrants who were separated from family members at the border during the Trump administration via the ‘zero tolerance’ policy,” Fox said, and he signed an order Tuesday “that revokes a crackdown on welfare-dependent legal immigration” designed by Trump to save taxpayers money, according to Breitbart.
Meanwhile, Biden’s White House has promised to fight back against the injunction on his deportation moratorium.
“We’re confident that as the case proceeds, it will be clear that this measure was wholly appropriate in ordering a temporary pause to allow the agency to carefully review its policies, procedures, and enforcement priorities — while allowing for a greater focus on threats to public safety and national security,” a spokesperson for the Biden White House said, according to Fox.
“President Biden remains committed to taking immediate action to reform our immigration system to ensure it’s upholding American values while keeping our communities safe,” the spokesperson added.
Dems’ immigration agenda
Biden’s moves relaxing America’s immigration policies come as Democrats in Congress continue to lash out against border agents like those with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Rep. Mondaire Jones of New York tweeted Tuesday that ICE is “a rogue agency.”
“With the help of right-wing operatives on the federal bench, ICE is choosing to ignore [Biden’s] deportation moratorium,” Jones complained.
“ICE must be brought to heel. My community is tired of seeing our family members, our friends, and our neighbors ripped from their homes,” the representative added, an assertion that was amplified by Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D).
With an agenda like this, however, it’s hard to believe Democrats really have Americans’ best interests in mind.