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States argue for Remain in Mexico policy


People scale the fence at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tecate, Mexico, on Thursday. Associated Press/Photo by Denis Poroy

States argue for Remain in Mexico policy

The Biden administration made its case at the Supreme Court on Tuesday for ending the Trump-era rule that requires many asylum-seekers to stay south of the border while courts consider their claims. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said President Joe Biden’s decision to suspend the rule violates federal law and a congressional order not to release immigrants into the country. The administration argues the president has the right to end a program enacted by his predecessor.

What about Title 42? On Monday, a federal judge in Louisiana temporarily blocked the government’s plan to end the pandemic policy that allows border authorities to turn away migrants. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to stop enforcing it May 23. Even members of the president’s own party oppose the move, saying it will cause an overwhelming surge of migrants at the southern border. Nearly 8,000 migrants currently cross into the country each day.

Dig deeper: Read Addie Michaelian’s report in Compassion about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Lone Star Initiative to address immigration.


Leigh Jones

Leigh is managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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