Supreme Court orders ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy reinstated

Remain In Mexico Nogales Arizona

FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2020, file photo trucks and vehicles cross between Nogales, Mexico, left, and sister city Nogales, Arizona, United States, right. The Supreme Court on Wednesday, March 11, said it would allow the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal. (AP Photo/Luis Enrique Castillo, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to block a court ruling ordering the Biden administration to reinstate a Trump-era policy that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the U.S.

With the three liberal justices in dissent, the court said Tuesday that the administration likely violated federal law in its efforts to rescind the program informally known as Remain in Mexico.

A federal judge in Texas had previously ordered that the program be reinstated last week.

Both he and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused the administration’s request to put the ruling on hold.

Justice Samuel Alito ordered a brief delay to allow the full court time to consider the administration’s appeal.

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