Saturday, June 22, 2024

Federal judge orders Biden administration to bring back Trump-era border policy

A federal judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to revive a Trump-era border policy that required migrants to stay in Mexico until their U.S. immigration court date.

Soon after President Biden took office, he ended the policy known as “remain in Mexico” that resulted in thousands of migrants having to stay and wait in Mexico until their immigration hearings, often in dangerous conditions. In April, the state of Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration, arguing that reversing the policy led to a surge of migrants at the U.S.- Mexico border that negatively affected the country.

A couple of months later, the Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas formally ended the policy in a memo and the administration later worked to admit migrants who had been subjected to it.

However last week Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a Trump appointee, blocked the administration from implementing that memo, though he stayed his order for seven days “to allow the federal government time to seek emergency relief at the appellate level.”

Kacsmaryk stated that the Biden administration’s termination of the policy violated the Administrative Procedure Act, a law that dictates what procedures agencies must go through to implement certain policies.