The Supreme Court has decided to hold off on arguments on two cases related to President Donald Trump’s border policies.
According to Breitbart, the high court decided to remove the pair of cases from its docket on Wednesday, shelving arguments on them indefinitely.
The moves come amid a spate of executive orders by Trump’s successor that indicate a big change is coming to how the federal government will handle both legal and illegal immigration.
Quashing Trump-era policies
According to USA Today, the move to throw out the cases was requested by Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar, who asked “the nation’s highest court cancel oral arguments scheduled in coming weeks for a case involving funding for Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexican border, as well as a case centered on Trump’s controversial asylum policy. ”
The nation’s nine justices apparently obliged.
While the case challenging funding for a border wall may not have any relevance outside of that specific situation, the suit concerning the so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy had significant merit.
Before the Trump administration changed things, migrants could apply for asylum and then were released into the United States while their claims were processed. It was a system ripe for exploitation — but Biden reinstated it on one of his first days in office, USA Today noted.
A setback for true reform
Biden has also taken executive action in recent weeks on a number of other immigration-related agenda items, including creating “a task force to push forward with the reunification of migrants who were separated from family members at the border during the Trump administration,” according to Fox News.
He also signed an order Tuesday to “‘streamline’ the naturalization process and instruct agencies to review the public charge rule — which limited green cards to immigrants are deemed likely to be reliant on welfare,” Fox reported.
Of course, it hasn’t been without backlash; Biden has been happy to sign executive orders to implement his policy plans without so much as consulting Congress, earning him predictable criticism.
Speaking with reporters Tuesday, however, Biden defended his actions. “I’m not making new law, I’m eliminating bad policy,” he said, as Fox reported. “The last president of the United States issued executive orders I thought were very counterproductive to our security, counterproductive to who we are as a country, particularly in the area of immigration.”
But there’s no sugarcoating it: President Joe Biden represents a major setback for border security and true reform at the border. We’ve got a long road ahead of us.