Supreme Court to hear Biden ‘sanctuary country’ case

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a case seeking to stop the Biden administration’s “sanctuary country” orders.

The case focuses on a set of orders from the time Biden entered office in 2021 that protects most illegal immigrants from deportation.

The case

“Specifically, the orders prevent ICE agents from arresting and deporting most illegal aliens in the U.S. unless they are considered a threat to public safety, a threat to national security, or arrived sometime after November 2020,” Breitbart News reported.

“In August 2021, Judge Drew Tipton of the Southern District of Texas issued a nationwide preliminary injunction, halting the implementation of the orders, after Texas and Louisiana sued the Biden administration. That injunction was put on hold by a three-judge panel in September 2021 but the full 17-judge Fifth Circuit vacated that decision,” it added.

The implications

“But legal experts also say that how the justices rule on the more procedural issues in the case — whether states even have the right to file legal challenges over these kinds of immigration issues, or whether federal district court judges may strike down such policies — could carry sweeping implications for how immigration rules may be contested in court,” Roll Call reported.

“A decision on those issues holds particular salience at a time when Republican state officials have emerged as frequent court opponents of the Biden administration on immigration, a policy area that has historically resided under federal purview,” it added.

The decision could have a widespread impact on the Biden administration’s policies that have allowed more than four million illegal immigrants to cross the nation’s southern border since the president entered office.

The timing is also important, as Republicans have regained power in the House and plan to address border security in the upcoming congressional year.

The case could also have an impact regarding the upcoming plans to end Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allowed Border Patrol to block immigrants due to health concerns during the pandemic.

With the nation experiencing such a surge in migrants entering the nation under the Biden administration, the case is sure to attract top attention, especially in the now conservative-led court.

The outcome is expected early next year which could make a major impact in the nation’s immigration policies.