Judge Amy Coney Barrett joined the court’s liberal wing – Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson – saying they would have granted the request. The vote was Jackson’s first public action since being sworn in last month.
Earlier this month, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court for an emergency stay after lower court rulings. The administration requested that, at a minimum, the ruling only take effect in Texas and Louisiana, the two states that filed the legal challenge.
“This judgment thwarts the direction of the secretary of the department he leads and disrupts DHS’s efforts to focus its limited resources on noncitizens who pose the most serious threat to national security, public safety, and the integrity of borders of our nation,” Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said. written in the Department of Justice file.
The guidelines, issued by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in September, were part of the Biden administration’s effort to move away from former President Donald Trump’s more aggressive approach to enforcement. immigration law.