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Supreme Court to weigh in on 'Remain in Mexico' policy

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Feb 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-18 20:20:21-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving the Biden administration a quick hearing on its effort to scrap a Trump-era border policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court.

The justices agreed Friday to hear the administration’s appeal of lower court rulings that forced it to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy that then-President Donald Trump introduced in 2019.

Arguments will take place in April, with a decision expected by late June.

President Joe Biden suspended the program on his first day in office. After Republican-led states sued, a federal judge ordered the policy put back in place, and a three-judge appeals court panel agreed.

Immigration advocates claim it's illegal to deny a person the right to seek asylum.

NBC News reports that more than 70,000 asylum seekers were returned to Mexico under the policy.