Supreme Court kicks out challenge to Trump-era ‘Remain in Mexico’ immigration policy

Former President Donald Trump enacted a long list of aggressive immigration policies that mitigated the flow of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States, including Trump’s controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy that kept asylum-seekers in Mexico while immigration courts wrapped up their hearings.

According to the Washington Examiner, earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court kicked out a challenge to that particularly effective Trump-era immigration policy, as President Joe Biden and his administration essentially ended the policy on their own at the beginning of June. 

Technically speaking, the high court sent the case back to the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit with instructions to toss the case as “moot.”

It’s a shame that such a policy, or something similar, is no longer in place, as it was one of the more effective — and controversial as a result — immigration policies enacted by the Trump administration, as it kept tens of thousands of asylum-seeking migrants out of the country while they awaited their day in court.

In contrast, asylum-seekers under the Biden administration are virtually free to leave and do as they please after they’re detained and issued a court date. With the current backlog, it’s not unusual for court dates to be set for a year or more out, and historically, many of those people never bother to show up.

It also acted as a method to track migrants fleeing from political turbulence in countries based in South America and Central America.

However, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security effectively killed the policy earlier this month. In a memo, the agency wrote that the “Remain in Mexico” policy failed to “adequately or sustainably enhance border management.”

The high court’s tossing out of the case comes on the heels of a similar move regarding a case against the Trump administration earlier this year which challenged how Trump’s administration secured funding for the border wall. The case was also ordered to be tossed out as “moot” since Biden announced that he was ending the border wall construction project altogether.

Meanwhile, the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border continues to rage out of control, and both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris do not seem to be too worried about it, whatsoever.