Supreme Court Removes Cases Defending Trump Border Policies


The Supreme Court removed two high-profile border security cases from its docket on Wednesday, one concerning the Trump administration’s building a wall on the U. S.-Mexican border and the other concerning keeping migrants in Mexico while their petitions to enter the United States are pending.

The Biden administration advised the justices that the government was reversing course on both matters and that rulings from the Court might no longer be necessary, and so the justices started the process for dismissing the cases.

These cases have been in federal court since former President Donald Trump began implementing his 2016 campaign promises to deal with the long-standing immigration problems on America’s southern border. Both policies were met with immediate legal challenges that have been working their way through the court system.

In 2018, Trump’s team implemented the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), invoking special authorities in immigration law allowing the U. S. Department of Homeland Security to keep certain applicants for admission into the United States on Mexican soil while reviewing their claims for admission. Previously, those aliens would typically enter the U.S. illegally, then be released into the general American population while their claims were being reviewed. The vast majority of those claims would ultimately be rejected, but often the illegal aliens would have already disappeared into this country and would remain here indefinitely.

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