Posted on February 3, 2021

Supreme Court Cancels Border Wall, Asylum Policy Hearings After Biden Shifts

Rebecca Beitsch, The Hill, February 3, 2021

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to cancel upcoming hearings challenging President Trump’s border wall and asylum policies after the Biden administration signaled its plans to reverse course on each.

President Joe Biden on his first day in office suspended construction of the border wall pending a review of its legality. The next day the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy, which blocked migrants from crossing the border to apply for asylum.

The order places the cases in abeyance, essentially pausing litigation while the Biden administration reviews the legality of each policy and develops their own.

The border wall case was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Sierra Club and others and challenges $2.5 billion in Department of Defense spending that was diverted to complete construction.