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'Remain in Mexico' Asylum Policy Ends

SCOTUS hands Biden a victory in one of his campaign promises

The Supreme Court handed President Joe Biden a victory Thursday, ruling that he can shut down a Trump administration program designed to restrict immigration at the southern border.

The court said in a 5-4 ruling that the Biden administration acted properly in seeking to end the "Remain in Mexico" policy, formally known as the Migrant

Protection Protocols. It required people seeking asylum at the southern border, mainly from Central America, to wait in Mexico while their claims were decided.

This policy had received even more criticism after some people argued that thousands of Ukrainians were easily allowed into the U.S. to claim asylum during a period of time when thousands from Latin American countries had been forced to wait in makeshift camps in Mexico while their cases were expeditiously denied in most cases.

What will this change mean for asylum applicants?

This step to abolish the Remain in Mexico policy is one step in the right direction of undoing a Trump era policy that discriminated against the ability of certain groups to get a proper chance to claim asylum. Still, the lifecycle of asylum cases needs much more oversight and changes to make it a viable system. The current case law remains confusing, conflicting, and creates burdensome hurdles for good faith asylum candidates from Mexico and other Latin American countries.

Many are still waiting for comprehensive immigration reform to assist the undocumented immigrants who have called the U.S. home for many years. Biden's administration has not made much progress in this important arena so far this term. Immigration reform could resolve aspects of the labor shortage, infuse more tax dollars into the economy, and overall create a space for more people to pursue entrepreneurship and further their studies knowing that their legal status was no longer an issue.

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