Supreme Court cancels border wall, asylum policy hearings after Biden shifts

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to cancel upcoming hearings challenging President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE’s border wall and asylum policies after the Biden administration signaled its plans to reverse course on each.

President BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE 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.

"The President has directed the Executive Branch to undertake an assessment of 'the legality of the funding and contracting methods used to construct the wall,'" the administration wrote to the court Monday.

"It would therefore be appropriate for the court to hold further proceedings in this case in abeyance to allow for the completion of the process that the president has directed," it added. 

Trump’s remain in Mexico policy led DHS to return 68,000 individuals to Mexico, spurring a challenge from the ACLU and immigration advocacy groups on behalf of immigrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The White House has since ordered a sweeping review of immigration policies and has said it will overhaul the asylum process.

Officials, however, have not yet outlined what that means for the tens of thousands of migrants waiting on pending asylum cases. 

One White House official said they would seek a policy “that enables them to pursue their cases and does not mean that they simply languish in Mexico.”