Washington D.C., Aug 25, 2021 / 16:35 pm
Catholic immigration advocates on Tuesday decried a Supreme Court decision forcing the Biden administration to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy. The policy forces some asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while their cases are adjudicated in the United States.
Tuesday’s ruling will “deepen human suffering and continue to erode U.S. law and values at the U.S.-Mexico border,” said Anna Gallagher, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), in an Aug. 24 statement. CLINIC provides training for immigrants’ legal advocates.
After a lower court on Aug. 14 ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday evening refused to grant a stay of that ruling in Biden v. Texas, allowing the order to go into effect.
Under the policy, officially titled the Migrant Protection Protocols, non-Mexican migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border must remain in Mexico while their cases are considered in U.S. courts.