The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of Republican states asking to keep Title 42, a Trump-era policy used to expel certain illegal immigrants to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in place.
In a 5-4 decision, the high court forced the Biden administration to keep Title 42 amid record surges of illegal immigration at the southern border. Federal authorities encountered more than 2.3 million migrants in fiscal year 2022.
The Biden administration believed that ending the policy would bring roughly 14,000 illegal immigrants a day, according to Axios.
A federal judge previously ruled that the policy must end Dec. 21. Republican states asked the Supreme Court to intervene a day before the policy would expire, arguing that the recent decision would lead to a harmful surge in illegal immigration.
BREAKING: SCOTUS halts Biden administration termination of Title 42, a Trump-era border policy. A 5–4 decision with Kagan, Sotomayor, Jackson and Gorsuch dissenting. Court agrees to fully consider case in February argument session. pic.twitter.com/LMaqITuExG
— Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) December 27, 2022
The Supreme Court justices will hear arguments in February to consider whether to fully scrap the policy beyond the pause. Until then, the Biden administration must continue to expel a number of illegal immigrants based on their country of origin.
Venezuelans coming to the U.S. illegally were the latest group of migrants to be expelled under the policy, which has resulted in the expulsion of over 2 million illegal immigrants, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
DHS statement: “The border is not open, and we will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws.”
This comes as October and November just saw the highest migrant encounters ever recorded for an Oct/Nov & November saw at least 73,000 known gotaways in a single month. @FoxNews https://t.co/hVIblvm8ce
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) December 27, 2022
Texas has bused over 15,900 migrants to sanctuary cities.
⁃ Over 8,900 to DC
⁃ Over 4,900 to NYC
⁃ Over 1,500 to Chicago
⁃ Over 630 to Philadelphia
We’re providing relief to local communities overwhelmed by President Biden’s open border policies.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) December 27, 2022
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