September 8, 2021

SCOTUS Forces Biden Admin to Reinstate Trump Immigration Policies

  • Executive

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief: 

Amid outrage over President Biden’s actions in the Afghanistan exit, some Biden officials have voiced their opinions on yet another area of Biden’s policies: immigration. Leftist politicians stated throughout the entire Trump administration that the U.S. should open up the borders, permit more immigrants to enter, and allow the States to become a safe place for both legal and illegal immigrants. However, a crisis quickly emerged after Biden took office, causing many Biden officials to quietly discuss reinstating Trump’s immigration restrictions. Eventually, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Biden Administration to revert back to the policies that kept the border surge in check under Trump.

The Background: 

Just a few months after inauguration, Joe Biden is facing rapidly increasing criticism over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the growing economic crisis, and leaving American citizens behind after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Now, some Biden officials are voicing their relief at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate some of the immigration policies from the Trump administration. 

According to the New York Times, “...among some Biden officials, the Supreme Court’s order was quietly greeted with something other than dismay, current and former officials said. It brought some measure of relief.” 

The loosening of Trump-era immigration restrictions caused a surge of immigrants to the southern border, causing a crisis. Due to the inability for the administration to get a grip on the situation, the Supreme Court ordered the Biden administration to reinstate Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy. 

The report continued, “In fact, some Biden officials were already talking about reviving Mr. Trump’s policy in a limited way to deter migration, said the officials, who have worked on immigration policy but were not authorized to speak publicly about the administration’s internal debates on the issue. Then the Supreme Court order came, providing the Biden administration with the political cover to adopt the policy in some form without provoking as much ire from Democrats who reviled Mr. Trump’s border policies.”

Notable Quotes: 

“When the Supreme Court effectively revived a cornerstone of Trump-era migration [Remain in Mexico] policy late last month, it looked like a major defeat for President Biden. But among some Biden officials, the Supreme Court’s order was quietly greeted with something other than dismay, current and former officials said. It brought some measure of relief.” - The New York Times

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