UPDATED 2:29 PM PT – Friday, August 20, 2021
A federal appeals court has denied a request from the Biden administration to delay the revival of the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy. In an order late Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the request to pause a lower court’s order to revive the policy.
The appeals court cited concern over the government’s ability to defend its position. This comes after a federal judge in Texas ordered the administration to revive the policy last week. The judge noted the Biden administration hadn’t gone through the proper steps to dismantle the program.
The Fifth Circuit stated, “the injunction only requires good faith on the part of the United States…if the government’s good faith efforts to implement MPP are thwarted by Mexico, it nonetheless will be in compliance with the district court’s order, so long as it also adheres to the rest of the statutory requirements.”
BREAKING: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt just won a MAJOR immigration lawsuit against the Biden Administration. This evening, a federal court sided with Missouri and Texas and ordered the Biden Admin to REINSTATE the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Big win for border security! pic.twitter.com/JXQYJXKAvU
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) August 14, 2021