President Joe Biden is busy making a mess of things abroad. However, at least one domestic policy that keeps Americans safe isn’t going anywhere.
A federal appeals court refused to stop the restoration of former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, Breitbart reported. The Biden administration attempted to end the 2019 provision, but a lower court reversed that ban and the appeals court upheld that reversal Thursday.
The decision from the federal appeals court said the federal government “can parole an alien” only in certain exceptional cases but not as a matter of course. “What the Government cannot do, the district court held, is simply release every alien described in § 1225 en masse into the United States,” the three-judge panel at the appellate court determined.
Trump enacted the Migrant Protection Protocols to prevent illegal immigrants awaiting asylum hearings from being released into the U.S. Prior to this, asylum seekers were allowed to stay without proper processing or vetting of their claims.
Without such verification of criminal history or other information, illegal immigrants posed a risk to whatever state had to take them in. Because of those risks, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued when Biden ended the policy in June.
“We are hopeful for a favorable ruling because it is clear that the Biden administration didn’t consider anything relevant to how it was working or notice and comment, and obviously we have a crisis at the border now,” Schmitt told Fox News prior to the ruling.
“Anyone who is paying attention knows we have a 21-year high in border crossings, drug traffickers, and human traffickers have been emboldened, and that affects not just Texas but states like Missouri.” The administration’s appeal was not granted based largely on the arguments presented by those impacted states.
The sudden deluge of illegal immigrants into the U.S. has overtaxed the immigration system as resources are spread too thin. While Democrats decried situations where families were separated and children were held in so-called cages, the best solution is to have asylum-seekers simply wait on the other side of the border until their application is processed — and that’s exactly what will continue to happen.