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Supreme Court declines to review DACA environmental challenge

Plus: An Afghan-led immigration group pushes White House to help Afghans abroad, and a court rules against ending Remain in Mexico

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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a ruling that rejected claims that the Department of Homeland Security ignored the environmental consequences of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and other immigration policies. The lower court’s rejection will now stand. An anti-immigration group had wanted the Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court decision, which found a lower court rightly dismissed claims that DACA didn’t receive a proper environmental evaluation. But the 9th Circuit Appeals Court stated that the plaintiffs had no legal basis for the allegations. Reuters

In other federal immigration news…

Immigration group concerned for Afghans abroad 

Over 200 organizations signed a letter expressing concern about the future of many Afghans who are still in their home country after they applied for humanitarian protection in the U.S. The Afghan-led Project ANAR led the signing of the letter, which marks the second plea from the group to the Biden administration and Congress. The letter’s concerns included the prospect of denying applications for thousands of Afghans who now face Taliban rule in the country. 

Fifth Circuit rules against termination of MPP

The Biden administration’s bid to terminate the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy failed on Monday night as the fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals denied the bid. The administration relaunched the policy last week under a court order, but had continued to fight it. But the Fifth Circuit ruled against the administration’s effort, saying it does not comply with the law governing how new rules are introduced. In addition, the Fifth Circuit ruled that the administration’s attempt to end the policy is a breach of an immigration law that mandates noncitizens be detained or returned home while their application is reviewed. The policy will continue, but the Biden administration can still appeal. CNN

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