SCOTUS denies Biden’s attempt to reinstate catch and release at the border
By Jenny Goldsberry
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against President Biden in his attempt to undo former President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy. Under Trump, the policy kept migrants awaiting asylum in Mexico rather than releasing them into the states. It was also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols.
At the time of the policy, Trump lauded the end of catch and release. “Catch and Release is an obsolete term,” Trump tweeted then. “It is now Catch and Detain. Illegal Immigrants trying to come into the U.S.A., often proudly flying the flag of their nation as they ask for U.S. Asylum, will be detained or turned away.”
Six judges ruled to deny Biden’s stay on the MMP policy. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissenting, saying they would have granted the president’s application. Yet the majority said that Biden’s reasoning was “arbitrary and capricious.”
Then, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement expressing that they disagreed with the court’s decision. “DHS has appealed the district court’s order and will continue to vigorously challenge it,” the department wrote. “However, DHS will comply with the order in good faith. Alongside interagency partners, DHS has begun to engage with the Government of Mexico in diplomatic discussions surrounding the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).”
Meanwhile, report after report shows migrants are being allowed past the border and released into the country. Not only is immigration up, but COVID-19 cases among migrants and Border Patrol agents is also on the rise.
Yet according to DHS, they claim they’ve already turned migrants away at the border. “Pursuant to the CDC’s Title 42 public health order, DHS continues to expel single adults and families encountered at the Southwest Border,” their statement read.
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