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The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal brought by a group of Republican-led states seeking to intervene in a case challenging the Trump-era “public charge” immigration policy, a version of which the Biden administration has abandoned.

The case did not center on the legality of the rule, but instead, whether the Biden administration followed proper procedures when it set out to revoke the rule and dismiss pending legal challenges.

The order is a blow to conservative states that had asked the court to step in.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a concurrence joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Roberts expressed frustration with the Biden administration for sidestepping certain procedures for reversing the Trump policy. He said the maneuvers raised “a host of important questions” for future disputes.

Nevertheless, he said it had “become clear that this mare’s nest could stand in the way of our reaching the question presented” in the case, and therefore agreed that the challenge should be dismissed.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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