The U.S. Supreme Court is seen in the early morning hours of Nov. 4 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Samuel Corum via Getty Images
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday temporarily halted the end of the Title 42 policy that allows the U.S. to expel migrants at the southern border without the chance for asylum.
Why it matters: Roberts issued the administrative stay pending the high court's decision on whether to take up the case after a coalition of Republican-led states earlier Monday asked it to intervene. An appeals court had denied the states' bid to retain the controversial policy last week.
Worth noting: Monday's decision is procedural and does not indicate how the court will ultimately rule on the request for an emergency stay, Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director at the American Immigration Council, told Axios' Stef Kight.
What they're saying: "Texas and other states are insisting that the Court leave Title 42 in place. Today's order is a step in that direction," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tweeted. "This helps prevent illegal immigration."
The big picture: Title 42 could remain in place for months if the legal dispute goes before the Supreme Court.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional reporting.