US Court Orders Biden’s Rollback of Title 42 Halted

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>A U.S. judge late Monday, April 25, ruled in favor of a string of Republican-led states seeking to prevent the Joe Biden administration from ending a pandemic-era immigration rule that prevents unvaccinated migrants from entering the United States.

Title 42, which was put into effect under former U.S. President Donald Trump in March 2020, allows Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents to turn away migrants with the goal of preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

But critics have claimed that the rule, which dates back to the 1940s, was implemented for political purposes, not health concerns.

Since taking office in January 2021, Biden has tried to roll back what he has called Trump’s anti-migrant policies, leading to a surge in illegal border crossings and mass confusion and chaos at the U.S. southern border. 

Biden ordered Title 42 to be suspended effective May 23, which even Democrats acknowledged would lead to a surge of at least 18,000 additional undocumented migrants entering the country each day.

Thousands of undocumented migrants entering the United States from Mexico have already pushed the CBP to the limit, with 221,000 illegal entries registered in March, the highest monthly number of undocumented entries in two decades.

“I am so proud of the lawyers from our office who just got a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place,” said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich in a tweet on Monday. “We will continue to fight the Biden administration’s open border policies.”

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