President Joe Biden’s attempt to shed immigration and asylum policies he denounced as “inhumane” and “dangerous” on the campaign trail has become the most persistent operational and diplomatic crisis facing his administration, leaving him with few palatable options to handle a migration surge and adverse court rulings.
Among the Trump administration policies Biden has sought to dismantle was a requirement that asylum-seekers live in Mexico while awaiting a U.S. court hearing. Biden rescinded “Remain in Mexico,” as it was informally known, on his first day in office.
But the Supreme Court last month denied a Biden administration request to stay a ruling in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, ordering a return to the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols immigration rule.
Biden was sued by Texas and Missouri, arguing the surge in migrant arrivals “imposed severe and ongoing burdens” on their