- The United States government extends measure against immigrants.
- The Department of Homeland Security broke the news.
- The measure could last longer.
Immigrants will continue to be expelled under Title 42, according to a recent statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The message also revealed how long this measure against illegal immigrants could continue.
“The Department of Homeland Security will continue to prosecute people in accordance with the updated Title 42 Order of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” read a statement distributed by the DHS.
Immigrants will continue to be expelled under Title 42
The agency said the removal of immigrants under Title 42 is “part of the United States’ COVID-19 mitigation efforts.” In addition, he warned that he would continue to expel single adults and families who come to the southern border.
Also, DHS recalled that “Title 42 is a public health authority, not an immigration authority and, therefore, the CDC dictates its continued use,” with the foregoing, the measure will continue to be applied to immigrants in the border of the United States.
Biden continues with Trump measure to expel immigrants
Just last Thursday, a federal appeals court granted temporary authorization to the Biden administration to continue expelling migrant families expeditiously under Title 42, a public health provision promoted by now-former President Donald Trump.
The ruling blocks the decision of a federal judge in the District of Columbia who ruled in mid-September that it is illegal to deny migrant families with children the right to asylum by applying a regulation aimed at protecting public health, says Efe.
Biden administration ‘defends’ Trump’s anti-immigrant measure
The Biden Administration has defended the anti-immigrant policy called Title 42, arguing that its application is necessary to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 within immigration detention facilities at the border.
The application of this regulation, highly criticized by activist and civil rights groups, is one of the few of the Trump Administration that is still in force with Biden in the White House. DHS reported when this order could end.
When could Title 42 removal of immigrants end?
“As announced on August 2, 2021, CDC will review the latest information on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health risks every sixty days to ensure that the Order remains necessary to protect health. public, ”DHS said in the statement.
In the first 11 months of fiscal year 2021, which began last October, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made 1,541,651 immigrant arrests on the southern border, of which 937,628 were expelled under Title 42, Efe points out. .
They warn that it will happen with undocumented immigrants at the borders
“DHS will continue to refer Title 42-related decisions to public health experts while continuing to develop safe, legal and orderly pathways for migration,” concludes the controversial statement from the federal agency.
For his part, a senior State Department official has resigned leaving behind a harsh criticism of the use of the health rule known as Title 42 that allows the expedited expulsion of migrants and asylum seekers who arrive at the border.
Biden ‘dumped’ for using Trump’s Title 42
Harold Koh, a senior advisor in the State Department’s legal team, described the use of this rule as “illegal”, “inhuman” and “unworthy of this government that I strongly support,” according to the Political newspaper cited by Efe.
The newspaper indicated that the criticisms of Koh, who was also a legal advisor to the State Department between 2009 and 2013 in the government of former President Barack Obama, are contained in a memorandum dated October 2.
Thousands of immigrants expelled with this measure
Title 42 was established in March 2020, during the government of former President Donald Trump, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and its application has resulted in the expulsion of nearly 950,000 immigrants out of the 1.5 million who they have been detained since October 2020, highlights Efe.
Koh’s criticisms are in addition to those received this Monday by the Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Arizona elected officials, and community leaders and organizations. All of them signed a letter sent to the Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.
They remember the ‘secret’ of the anti-immigrant order
In the letter, they asked him to end the expulsions of immigrants under Title 42. In the memorandum, and according to Politico, Koh stated that the application of Title 42 by the Government of President Joe Biden, “continues to violate our obligation not to expel or return individuals who fear persecution, death or torture ”.
Press reports indicated in 2020 that the CDC’s decision to establish Title 42 came after receiving an order from the White House to close the border to immigrants under the pretext of the health emergency.
They denounce the problems of Trump’s measure
But the current Administration has kept this rule in force and this same weekend the CDC indicated that due to the current infection situation and the risk of “transmission and spread of COVID-19” at ports of entry and stations of Border Patrol Title 42 “is still necessary.”
Yvette Borjas, an attorney for the ACLU in Arizona, said that “the Biden government has subjected hundreds of thousands of people to this cruel policy, there are families that have been separated and many (migrants) have been forced to return to dangerous conditions. ”.
Biden applies Title 42 to thousands of Haitians
Koh specifically cites the case of asylum seekers from Haiti, after thousands of them took refuge under an international bridge in Del Rio, Texas, last September in what became a migration crisis for the Biden government.
The Democratic government chose to apply Title 42 to them and deport many of these 13,000 people. It is not yet clear how long this measure will continue to be used to expel immigrants quickly from the borders of the United States.
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