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Biden Team Wants Pandemic-Era Border Curbs to End, But That’s Up to Supreme Court

  • Administration says it has other tools to handle migrant surge
  • Republican states asking court to keep restrictions in place
Migrants wait outside a church near the US and Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 20. 

Migrants wait outside a church near the US and Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 20. 

Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg
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The Biden administration urged the Supreme Court to let pandemic-era border restrictions end, saying the justices should reject an effort by Republican state officials to intervene in a legal fight.

The filing comes a day after Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked Wednesday’s scheduled termination of the so-called Title 42 restrictions while the nation’s highest court considers the states’ bid for a longer delay.