West News Wire: The Biden administration’s priority deportation of illegal immigrants who pose the greatest risk to the public safety will not be carried out because the Supreme Court will not permit it.

The policy is currently countrywide and frozen, after the court’s judgment on Thursday. The result was a 5-4 decision in favor of the Biden administration, with conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett siding with liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson in their support of the decision.

The court also stated that it will hear the case’s arguments, and that they would take place in late November.

After Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement on June 30, Jackson joined the court, and this is her first official vote since then.

The justices were acting on the administration’s emergency request to the court following conflicting decisions by federal appeals courts over a September directive from the Homeland Security Department that paused deportation unless individuals had committed acts of terrorism, espionage or “egregious threats to public safety.”

The federal appeals court in Cincinnati earlier this month overturned a district judge’s order that put the policy on hold in a lawsuit filed by Arizona, Ohio and Montana.

But in a separate suit filed by Texas and Louisiana, a federal judge in Texas ordered a nationwide halt to the guidance and a federal appellate panel in New Orleans declined to step in.

The judge’s order amounted to a “nationwide, judicially imposed overhaul of the Executive Branch’s enforcement priorities,” Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar wrote in a court filing. Prelogar is the administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer.

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In their Supreme Court filing, Texas and Louisiana argued that the administration’s guidance violates federal law that requires the detention of people who are in the U.S. illegally and who have been convicted of serious crimes. The states said they would face added costs of having to detain people the federal government might allow to remain free inside the United States, despite their criminal records.

The guidance, issued after Joe Biden became president, updated a Trump-era policy that removed people in the country illegally regardless of criminal history or community ties.

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