The Trump administration wants to stop asylum seekers who illegally enter through the southern border to be sent to Mexico to wait while their asylum cases are pending.
So-called civil liberties groups opposed the policy created to enforce the borders and protect Americans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked enforcement in Arizona and California last week.
But the U.S. Supreme Court in a brief order issued on Thursday allowed the policy’s enforcement while matters are pending. From NBC News:
The policy, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or “Remain in Mexico,” was launched in January 2019. During the 13 months it was fully in operation, the Department of Homeland Security returned more than 60,000 immigrants to Mexico while they awaited word on their asylum applications.
When the program was temporarily halted nationwide by court order, the Department of Homeland Security faced chaos, the government told the Supreme Court, with a surge of migrants arriving at ports of entry all along the border.
President Donald Trump has had to battle lawmakers for funding to build a wall along the southern border to stop the flow of illegal aliens. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in January temporarily lifted an injunction against the government using military construction funding to finance the wall.
The Supreme Court in January lifted an injunction against a Trump administration policy to deny green cards or temporary visas to foreigners who’ve received or might rely on assistance from taxpayer-funded programs. Justice Neil Gorsuch was critical of nationwide injunctions against such policies and urged his fellow justices to “confront the ‘real problem.'”