A federal judge ruled in favor of the States of Texas and Missouri on August 13 in a lawsuit against President Joe Biden by ordering a nationwide injunction stopping Biden from suspending the operation of President Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The MPP is also known as Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.
The order was filed as part of a 53-page opinion written by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk in a complaint filed in April by the attorneys general of Texas and Missouri challenging the Biden administration’s decision to suspend the MPP immediately upon entering office in January. Judge Kacsmaryk was appointed to the federal bench by President Trump in 2017.
The purpose of the MPP is to return some migrants to Mexico while their removal proceedings are pending in the U.S. The order found that the MPP was created to combat the problems associated with illegal immigration surges in 2018, resulting in a humanitarian and border security crisis.
The court also determined that the sheer volume of bogus asylum claims presented at the border made it difficult for the federal authorities to handle actual requests properly. As a result, many fraudulent asylum seekers were being released into the U.S. interior. The “Return to Mexico” policy was enacted as a result.
Biden first suspended, then terminated the program after taking office.
The court’s opinion found that the termination of MPP increased the number of illegal aliens present in the U.S., causing injury to the States of Texas and Missouri. The ending of MPP also violated the Administrative Procedures Act and other federal statutes. The federal government was restrained from enforcing its decision to terminate MPP and was further ordered to implement it in good faith until it is appropriately modified according to federal law.
The Biden administration was granted seven days to file an appeal of the decision.