GOP attorneys general from 14 states sought to reinstate a Trump-era rule that disqualified applicants for green cards based on their likelihood of becoming dependent on taxpayer-funded services.
The U.S. Supreme Court was found to have rejected their request, according to a report by The Conservative Brief.
Bloomberg News reported that without comment, the justices “left in place a federal appeals court decision that said the states couldn’t intervene after President Joe Biden’s administration dropped the federal government’s defense of the so-called public charge rule.”
“The appeal had limited practical importance because the administration formally replaced the Trump rule with a more lenient standard in December," Bloomberg said.
Texas has sued to challenge that step, saying it conflicts with a federal immigration statute,” the outlet’s report continued.
The nation's top court heard oral arguments in the matter during its previous term, but ultimately decided against continuing with it because of the complexity of the issues involved.
Chief Justice John Roberts "gently criticized President Joe Biden's administration for some of its legal tactics in the multilayered struggle" when the case was dropped, according to Bloomberg News.
The majority of former President Donald Trump's immigration and border security policies and regulations were reversed by Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday during his first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office.
The president's detractors have claimed those reversals contributed to an unprecedented number of illegal crossings over the past two years.
GOP Governor Greg Abbott welcomed Biden to El Paso and gave him a letter with a list of demands when he arrived.
“Your visit to our southern border with Mexico today is $20 billion too little and two years too late,” the letter began. “Moreover, your visit avoids the sites where mass illegal immigration occurs and sidesteps the thousands of angry Texas property owners whose lives have been destroyed by your border policies.
“Even the city you visit has been sanitized of the migrant camps which had overrun downtown El Paso because your Administration wants to shield you from the chaos that Texans experience on a daily basis,” the letter continues. “This chaos is the direct result of your failure to enforce the immigration laws that Congress enacted.”
The Texas governor continued by saying that the border was considerably safer and more secure during the Trump administration.
“Your open-border policies have emboldened the cartels, who grow wealthy by trafficking deadly fentanyl and even human beings,” the letter said. “Texans are paying an especially high price for your failure, sometimes with their very lives, as local leaders from your own party will tell you if given the chance.”