The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hold hearings to review two key cases of President Trump’s immigration policies, Fox News reported.
The two cases include the use of military funds for the construction of the wall on the border with Mexico and the immigrant protection protocols, with which the president intends to curb illegal immigration from Central America through Mexico.
Both cases reached the Supreme Court, the final instance of appeal, because in the lower stages, the judges ruled against the Trump administration.
In 2019, after the president failed to get a Republican-majority in the House to allocate funds for the construction of the wall, he declared a state of emergency and diverted money from the Pentagon budget for that purpose.
Two nongovernmental organizations, the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition, along with the State of California, sued the president and his administration for misusing funds for the construction of the wall. After the lower court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court’s ruling.
The construction of the wall was one of the president’s campaign promises to stop drug trafficking and illegal immigration that has devastated the economy and security of the country and was one of the reasons why President Trump was elected by Americans.
The second case is related to immigrant protection protocols. Many people enter the United States through Mexico claiming to seek asylum for political reasons.
The Trump administration implemented the “remain in Mexico” policy within the protocol so that authorities would verify whether asylum claims are genuine or false and during this process, individuals must remain in Mexico.
This regulation, which has the cooperation of the Mexican government, significantly reduced false asylum claims because these individuals can no longer stay in the United States while waiting for their cases to be resolved.
A district court blocked the policy, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling on the grounds, among others, that the asylum seekers were suffering discrimination and violence in Mexico. Now the Supreme Court must decide if the government can maintain this policy when dealing with immigration.