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SCOTUS denies Biden’s attempt to reinstate catch and release at the border

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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.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Border Patrol agent killed overnight while tracking group of illegal immigrants

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A Border Patrol agent was killed overnight while in the line of duty patrolling the border. “The agent was patrolling the international boundary at approximately 1 a.m. on an all-terrain vehicle and tracking a group of individuals which illegally crossed the border when he was involved in an accident near Mission, Texas,” acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller announced.

In an email, Miller wrote “Acting Deputy Commissioner [Benjamine] Huffman, Chief [Raul] Ortiz and I regret to inform you of the passing of a Border Patrol agent assigned the McAllen Station this morning.”

“He was found unresponsive by fellow agents who immediately initiated life-saving efforts and requested emergency medical services. The agent was taken to an area hospital by ambulance where he later passed away. Additional information will be shared when available,” the email continued.

“The death of an agent while performing their duties and securing our borders is a loss that is felt throughout our agency and our nation,” Miller concluded.

Just The News writes:

The nation has witnessed an unprecedented surge in illegal migration the past few years, with roughly 2.4 million crossing the border in fiscal year 2022 and nearly 4 million doing so since President Joe Biden took office. With that has come record drug trafficking operations, including increasingly large shipments of the highly potent narcotic fentanyl.

Border authorities are unable to keep up with the rise in traffic, prompting the Biden administration to turn to other federal agencies for extra manpower. The Department of Homeland Security has attempted to redeploy air marshals to the southern border to assist with the crisis, but has faced resistance from the agency, with many vowing to refuse the order at the risk of termination.

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