U.S. Supreme Court orders the reinstatement of the “Remain in Mexico” policy

This week, in a 6-3 decision that saw Chief Justice John Roberts side with conservative Justices Clarence Thomas, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch, the United States Supreme Court refused to block a ruling by a federal judge in Texas that ordered the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to reinstate the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP), the controversial, Trump-era immigration policy more commonly known as “Remain in Mexico.”

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In Mexico, AMLO’s anti-corruption referendum falls flat

Last Sunday, a popular referendum—and flagship project of President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)—asked Mexican voters whether ex-government officials should be subject to investigation and prosecution for allegations of impunity and corruption. However, the referendum, a key component of AMLO’s promises to crack down on graft and government impropriety, was a flop, drawing the participation of only seven percent of eligible voters, well below the 40 percent voter turnout threshold required for the referendum result to be legally binding (although over 98 percent of those who did cast ballots voted in favor of facilitating the prosecution of ex-officials).

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