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Judge in Texas Deals Crushing Blow to Biden Border Policies

The Biden administration reportedly suffered a crushing setback when a federal court in Texas ruled that they could not scrap the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), often known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, that former President Trump put in place while in office.

The judge in question ruled that the practice should remain in place while various legal challenges play out.

The Biden administration attempted to stop MPP in June 2022, but the Supreme Court decided 5-4 that it could not do so without breaking any federal immigration laws.

In addition the Biden administration’s conduct may have been “arbitrary and capricious” and in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, according to the Supreme Court, which also remanded the case to U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk.

On the day of Biden’s inauguration, the Biden administration placed a temporary stop on MPP.

Alejandro Mayorkas, BIden’s secretary of homeland security, announced the policy’s termination on June 1, 2021, writing in a memo that he had reached the conclusion that MPP “does not adequately or sustainably enhance border management.”

Border contacts fluctuated during the duration of the program, rising and falling at different times.

In August 2021, Kacsmaryk determined that the Biden administration had not provided a good enough justification for the termination.

The Biden administration subsequently requested that the Supreme Court stay Kacsmaryk’s judgment.

The state of Texas won a major win in August 2021 when the Supreme Court decided that the Biden administration had to bring back the Migrant Protection Protocols program.

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