The Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration has the power to end the “Remain in Mexico” policy in a 5-4 decision Thursday, which means that some migrants may no longer have to wait in Mexico while waiting for their immigration hearing in court.
Former President Donald Trump and Republicans touted the policy as a way to effectively control the influx of people at the border. The Biden administration tried to get rid of the Migrant Protection Protocols, but they were blocked by lower courts, Fox News reported.
Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-New Mexico) voiced her opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling and said that this could make the border crisis more disastrous. In an exclusive statement provided by her communications director, Herrell said:
“If there are concerns about humanitarian issues in Mexico, the Biden administration can work to solve those. But allowing anyone for any reason immediate entry into our country will worsen the continuing disaster we have seen over the last 30 months: nearly 3,000,000 people have tried to enter our country illegally, 700,000 have eluded capture, and 1,000,000 were released into our cities by the Biden administration, never to show up for a hearing.”
“It is a disgrace that Joe Biden and DHS Secretary Mayorkas care so little for the security of our communities and our nation,” she added.
Herrell represents New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, which covers the entire southern border of the state.
While there are serious concerns about the quality of life in Mexico for the migrants waiting, the policy was one of the few ways that the authorities could mitigate the heavy flow of people coming into the United States.
“Section 1225(b)(2)(C) plainly confers a discretionary authority to return aliens to Mexico. This Court has “repeatedly observed” that “the word ‘may’ clearly connotes discretion,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.
According to Axios, about 70,000 migrants were impacted by “Remain in Mexico” under the Trump administration, and 6,000 who were part of the program under Biden starting in December 2021 received help from the United Nations.
In the fiscal year 2022, there have been 1,536,899 migrant encounters at the southern border as of May, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.