Source: Chad Groening

A federal appeals court has upheld a key immigration policy from Donald Trump’s administration but an immigration watchdog predicts the unhappy Biden administration is working mightily to undo it.

In a Monday ruling, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backed up a federal judge’s decision that upheld Trump’s so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy.

As many as 90% of asylum requests are denied when they eventually make it before a courtroom and an immigration judge, but the backlogged process is notoriously slow and many of the foreign applicants disappear in the country and never show up for the hearing.

Then-presidential candidate Biden denounced the policy and suspended it on his first day in office.

“That said, it is all going to depend on how earnestly the administration carries out this policy at this point,” he says. “They have it very clear that they are doing this against their will.”

According to the AP story, a judge on the appeals court ripped the Biden administration for clumsily attempting to reverse the Trump policy by “typing out a new Word document and posting it on the Internet.”

According to Mehlman, it is true the Biden administration is complying with the policy to appease the courts but there is “absolutely” no enthusiasm, he says, for allowing it to affect immigration.

“And they will do everything in their power to ensure that it is carried out to the very minimum, while it is still in place,” Mehlman predicts, “and while they’re working simultaneously to end it entirely.”