On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Biden administration. In the case of Biden v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruled that President Joe Biden (D) could end the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Following the release of the decision, both Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) gave a statement regarding the immigration policies that the President could now alter.
“This decision will send yet another signal to the trafficking networks and cartels that America’s border is wide open,” Rubio said. “Thousands of people walk right across our border every day. Many of them find their way to Florida, stretching public services to the breaking point. President Biden’s reckless rhetoric and actions are encouraging illegal immigration and hurting our country.”
In a tweet, the former governor of Florida said that “Biden needs to WAKE UP AND SECURE THE BORDER NOW.”
.@JoeBiden’s efforts to reverse ‘Remain in Mexico' will only embolden the cartels to smuggle EVEN MORE illegal aliens & drugs across our border.
Biden needs to WAKE UP AND SECURE THE BORDER NOW. https://t.co/HATQpTHjli
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) June 30, 2022
“@JoeBiden’s efforts to reverse ‘Remain in Mexico' will only embolden the cartels to smuggle EVEN MORE illegal aliens & drugs across our border. Biden needs to WAKE UP AND SECURE THE BORDER NOW.”
The justices were divided 5-4, with Justice Kavanaugh joined the liberal judges and Chief Justice Roberts writing the opinion. Justice Alito and Justice Barrett wrote dissents in which the conservative justices joined.
Justice Alito in his dissent noted that officials do not have the power to catch and release large numbers of detained migrants who have not been release in Mexico.
"This practice violates the clear terms of the law, but the Court looks the other way," stated the dissenting justice.
"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision affirming that the Secretary has the discretionary authority to terminate the program, and we will continue our efforts to terminate the program as soon as legally permissible," the Department of Homeland Security said after the decision Thursday.