The United States Supreme Court ordered the reactivation of an immigration policy installed by Donald Trump, which forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for their appointment in court.
The measure supposes a strong backhand for Democratic President Joe Biden.
Promoted by former President Donald Trump, the “Stay in Mexico” program allowed tens of thousands of asylum seekers, mostly from Central America, to were sent back to the Mexican border waiting for the result of your entry procedures.
The US Supreme Court ruled that an immigration policy installed by Donald Trump be reinstated. Photo: AP
the Biden administration had moved quickly to begin dismantling and ending the controversial policy, officially dubbed the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
After going through several judicial instances, the Biden government asked the Supreme Court to suspend the reinstatement of the program.
In a short unsigned order, the highest court indicated Tuesday that “the request for suspension … is denied”.
According to the document, the three progressive judges of the court, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, said they would have allowed the suspension of that rule.
The case can now be moved to a lower court level in an appeals court.
Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it “regrets that the Supreme Court has refused to grant a stay.”
He added that “while the appeal process continues, however, DHS will comply with the order in good faith.”
Groups of protection of the rights of immigrants also disapproved the order of the Supreme Court.
The ruling of the highest court that forces the reinstatement of the ‘Stay in Mexico’ policy “is cruel to say the least,” said Yael Schacher, legal adviser for the United States of the organization Refugees International.
“The Biden administration should not view this decision as an order,” he added.
With information from the AP and AFP agencies