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Texas federal judge blocks Biden’s plan to end ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

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(AMARILLO, TEXAS) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending a Trump-era policy requiring asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court. Title 42 is scheduled to end next week. The U.S. District Judge in Texas stayed the termination until legal challenges by Texas and Missouri are settled but didn’t order the policy reinstated.
“It’s a common sense policy to prevent people from entering our country illegally,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted after the ruling. “Texas wins again, for now.”

The decision comes as the border city of El Paso faces a daily influx of migrants that could grow larger if separate asylum restrictions enacted under President Donald Trump end next week as scheduled.

Thursday’s ruling could prove to be a temporary setback for the Biden administration, which may appeal. An email requesting comment from the Department of Homeland Security wasn’t immediately returned.