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As the Biden administration makes plans to restart the Remain in Mexico program under a judge’s order, it has tried to end the program once again. A judge recently overturned the Biden administration’s plans to end the program and ordered it to revive in mid-November. In a memo released Friday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas acknowledged that while the program may have led to a decrease in migration, its humanitarian costs were too high. “Once individuals are returned across an international border, there’s limited opportunities for the United States to be able to affect their safety and security,” a DHS official told reporters. BuzzFeed News
Supreme Court Will Decide if Republican AGs Can Defend Trump-Era Rules
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider whether a group of Republican state attorneys general can defend a Trump-era immigration rule that the Biden administration discarded. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) and others are attempting to bring back former President Donald Trump’s “public charge” rule. Back in March, the Biden administration abolished the rule, which applied rigorous restrictions on poor immigrants seeking residency. It also declined to defend the rule in a court case. Brnovich and other attorneys general then sought to defend the rule in the administration’s place, but an appeals court ruled they couldn’t. After an appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider if the interested states “should be permitted to intervene to defend a rule when the United States ceases to defend it.” The Hill
$450K May Be Offered to Families Separated During Trump
According to people familiar with the situation, the Biden administration is deciding whether to offer immigrant families who were separated during the Trump administration about $450,000 per person in compensation. Several agencies are working to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of families who say the U.S. government inflicted lifelong psychological trauma. Roughly 5,500 children were separated from their parents during the Trump administration under the “zero tolerance” policy. Attorneys from these families are also seeking permanent legal U.S. status for those separated. The Wall Street Journal