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Supreme Court Puts Texas Migrant Law on Pause: Stay-Tuned till March 13!

The Supreme Court remains intrinsically involved in the fate of numerous critical legislative affairs across the USA, including the recent controversial Texas migrant law. This law has now been put on hold until at least March 13. At the heart of the matter is the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as the Remain in Mexico policy. Implemented during the Trump administration, MPP mandates that non-Mexican asylum seekers must wait in Mexico while their US asylum cases are processed – a process that can take months or even years. Supporters of the MPP view this policy as a vital deterrent to prevent unchecked migration, while critics condemn it due to human rights concerns. In line with policies to reverse Trump-era immigration directives, President Biden suspended MPP shortly after taking office. However, Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk, a District Judge from Texas, ordered its reinstatement under the argument that its suspension was improperly handled. Ever since, the policy’s future has been in turmoil, vacillating between different federal court decisions and appeals on both sides of the argument. Now, the Supreme Court has been confronted with the decision whether to enable the Biden administration’s appeal process to set aside the Texas District Judge’s order, effectively placing the policy on hold. The Supreme Court is set to consider whether the Biden administration acted within its powers when it terminated the MPP. The decision to pause the reinstatement of the MPP until March 13 extends the process, during which time thousands of migrants could be affected. The hold is substantial as it propounds stalling the decision-making process on a policy that could significantly affect the lives of numerous migrants and asylum seekers. In this period of stay, the potential implications for migrants at the US-Mexico border are manifold. If the MPP were to be reinstated, thousands of asylum seekers could be left at an impasse in Mexico – a circumstance that has previously been proven to expose migrants to violence, homelessness, and limited access to legal support. On the other hand, if the MPP termination is upheld, it would likely result in significant asylum policy adjustments. The move could see migrants remaining within the US while their asylum claims are processed – a scenario that deviates significantly from the past four-year precedent and sets a new tone for how the US handles its immigration policy. Until March 13 or beyond, the fate of the MPP – and by extension, countless aspiring American migrants – hangs in the balance. The Supreme Court’s decision in

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