The Biden administration on Friday asked the US Supreme Court to block a judge’s ruling that would force the government to resume a controversial program that forced tens of thousands of migrants to wait in Mexico for the resolution of their US asylum cases.
The Justice Department has filed an urgent petition with the Supreme Court for a Texas-based judge’s order requiring the government to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program instituted by former President Donald Trump. to hold on. .
The administration of President Joe Biden acted after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans late Thursday rejected an earlier request by the administration to postpone the effective date of the lower court’s ruling a week earlier.
U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s ruling “requires the government to abruptly reinstate a broad and controversial immigration enforcement program, formally suspended for seven months and largely dormant for nearly nine months before,” Acting Solicitor General Brian Fletcher wrote in newspapers. the Supreme Court, which has a conservative majority of 6-3, including three Trump-appointed judges.
The Justice Department wants the court to take immediate action, with the judge’s ban taking effect on Saturday.
Democrats and immigration advocates criticized MPP, known informally as “stay in Mexico,” saying it subjected mostly Central American migrants to unsanitary conditions and violence.
Arrests of migrants caught crossing the US-Mexico border have reached a 20-year high in recent months, a trend that has Republicans pinning on Biden’s reversal of MPP and Trump’s other hardline immigration policies.
The Biden administration has introduced a Trump-era health order that allows border authorities to deport migrants to Mexico without the chance to seek asylum in the United States.
The ruling from the conservative-minded 5th Circuit said the Biden administration must conduct the MPP program “in good faith,” which appears to leave the government some discretion in how to proceed.
Roberto Velasco, a senior Mexican foreign ministry official with responsibility for North American relations, said Mexico had not yet received notification from the US government about the ruling.
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