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Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Coney Barrett split with conservatives to give Biden a border win

The U.S. Supreme Court is photographed through snow on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Significant victory of Biden at the southern border

President Joe Biden has experienced a significant victory at the southern border. All of the thanks go to the support of two conservative justices of the Supreme Court. This development has resulted in a significant shift in the political landscape, which has been characterized by a contentious debate over all the immigration policies that have been imposed. This decision that has been taken by the justices could have far-reaching implications for the administration’s efforts to manage the surge of migrants entering the country.

SC gives clearance to the US Border Patrol officials

The Supreme Court gave its clearance for the US Border Patrol officials, on Monday,  to proceed with their plan to breach the razor-wire fencing that Texas had established along the Rio Grande River. The original motive of the fencing was to prevent illegal immigration and smuggling, but it has been a quarrelsome issue between Texas and the federal government.

The main objective of the Border Patrol officials is to gain access to the area beyond the fencing, which is a high-traffic area for illegal border crossings. The officials will have to use specialized equipment to cut through the fencing so that they can create an opening for themselves. This operation is expected to be implemented in the coming days, and its success will be measured by the Border Patrol officials’ ability to navigate the difficult terrain and overcome any obstacles that they may face.

A recent SC ruling turned out to be a milestone

The recent Supreme Court ruling on this case has turned out to be a milestone victory for the Biden administration. The decision was acquired with a slim margin of 5-4, where Justices John Roberts and Amy Coney Barrett,  broke ranks and joined the liberal justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Moreover, the views of Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh were contrasting and diverged from the majority opinion. This ruling shows the soft balance of power in the Supreme Court, where justices may not always vote in line with their recognized ideologies.

SC asked to empty an admonition

In addition to that, the Biden administration asked the Supreme Court to empty an admonition following the Monday ruling. The motive was the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that was imposed last month. It temporarily brought a pause on the lower-court ruling. This decision gave a green light to the federal agents to cut through Texas’ razor-wire fencing along the border.

After a legal dispute, the decision was postponed by the appeals court. This prompted the Biden administration to seek the interference of the Supreme Court. The case was then reviewed thoroughly by the appeals court before the decision was put on hold.

Razor-wire barriers to be set up

If we look into a recent court filing by the US Justice Department, the Texas National Guard has been accused of setting up the razor-wire barriers that span a 2.5-mile section of the US-Mexico border. 

Moreover, construction of new fencing further inland has taken place. The move is believed to be part of the efforts of the government so that border security can be enhanced and curb illegal immigration.

“That fencing further restricts Border Patrol’s ability to reach the river in particular areas,” the Justice Department said.

It added that the actions of Texas establish an intensification of the State’s measures to block the Border Patrol’s ability to patrol or even to surveil the border and be in a position to respond to emergencies.

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