The Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for the Biden administration to end the so-called “stay in Mexico” policy, a rule first implemented under former President Donald Trump that required migrants arriving at the southern border to wait outside the United States for their asylum hearings. .
In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the high court rejected arguments by Republican-led states seeking to force officials to keep the policy, ruling that the decision to end it did not violate a 1996 law on immigration detention and that a second memorandum ending the program should have been considered by lower courts.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined Roberts’ opinion, along with liberal Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Justices Samuel Alito and Amy Coney Barrett filed separate dissenting opinions.
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