Supreme Court Pauses Border Wall Arguments
The Supreme Court canceled scheduled oral arguments to hear cases on funding former President Trump’s border wall and Trump administration asylum policy. Both cases were scheduled to be heard in February.
During President Biden’s first few days in office, he issued executive orders ending or temporarily suspending many immigration orders put in place under the Trump administration, including the cases canceled by the Supreme Court:
• In 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency and redirected billions of dollars in military funding to use to build the wall. Congress declined to provide additional money for the project.
• Remain In Mexico was a Trump administration asylum policy that forced migrants seeking asylum to remain in Mexico while their applications are pending.
On February 11, Biden informed Congress that he was rescinding the national emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border that was put in place by former President Donald Trump:
“I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted. I have also announced that it shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall, and that I am directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to that end.”
Other Trump cases are pending on the Supreme Court’s docket including whether the former president blocking Americans from his Twitter account was constitutional and the Court has rejected challenges to the 2020 presidential election.
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