Supreme Court decision allows Biden Administration to end the controversial Trump-era policy
YUMA, Ariz. (KECY, KYMA) - The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Biden Administration today allowing it to end "Remain in Mexico".
The Trump-era immigration policy lets migrants make asylum claims but forces them to wait in Mexico for their court hearing.
"They ruled it was not a violation of the Immigration and Nationality act which Texas was arguing," Danilo Zak from the National Immigration Forum said.
President Biden tried to end the controversial policy previously, but a lower court blocked the attempt.
Immigration lawyers say the policy is inhumane because it puts migrants in dangerous conditions in Mexican border cities, and makes it harder for migrants to access counsel.
“There have been reports of hundreds of rapes, assaults, kidnappings, tortures, which in many cases Mexico is just as dangerous as the country they’re fleeing from," Geoff Lamoureux, with Reeves Immigration Law Group said.
According to the American Immigration Council, only around 7% of individuals subject to Remain in Mexico managed to hire a lawyer.
While those in favor of the policy say it solves the issue of migrants who seek asylum but then never show up to their court date.
Now that the policy will likely end, Zak says those previously subjected to Remain in Mexico would be allowed back into the U.S.
“When Remain in Mexico officially ends, it’s expected those migrants in the policy will be paroled into the U.S. while they wait for their court hearing,” Zak said.
Under 10,000 migrants were enrolled in the policy since January.
Title 42, still in place at the border, deports nearly 100,000 migrants a month, and they're not able to make an asylum claim.