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KBJ Sworn In as SCOTUS Issues Two Major Rulings

Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday was officially sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court. The historic moment followed one last day of court opinions — one which greenlit the rollback of a Trump-era immigration policy and one that critics fear will be a setback in fighting global warming. Keep reading to learn more.

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KBJ Sworn In as SCOTUS Issues Two Major Rulings

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    Justice Jackson Joins the High Court

    Jackson was sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon, becoming the first Black woman ever to sit on the bench. She replaces Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring.

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court.

    I could tell Angie Brown Jackson, I katan's you brown Jackson, do, solemnly, swear do, solemnly swear that, I will administer Justice, that I will …

    Supreme Court Curtails EPA’s Authority

    Rewind to earlier in the day, though, and Breyer took part in two final rulings. The first the court dropped was a 6-3 decision curtailing the Environmental Protection Agency's power to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Breyer and his fellow liberal justices dissented as the six conservative justices sided with conservative states and fossil-fuel companies in adopting a narrow reading of the Clean Air Act.

    ‘Remain in Mexico’ to Remain

    Breyer did get one last win, though: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld President Biden’s decision to end the “Remain in Mexico” immigration policy, which the Trump administration implemented. The policy, which the Biden administration has attempted to roll back, allows for non-Mexican citizens who enter the United States to be sent to Mexico instead of detaining them or letting them stay in the U.S. while their immigration proceedings play out.

    Recapping the Last ‘SCOTUS Watch’ This Term

    For more information on Jackson’s historic swearing-in and the last two Supreme Court rulings this term, read here.

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