- On Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked the eviction moratorium that the Government of President Joe Biden extended last August.
- The decision brings back the danger of hundreds of thousands of tenants losing their homes.
- The White House spokeswoman said the Biden Administration is “disappointed” with the blockage on the eviction moratorium.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked the eviction moratorium that the Government of President Joe Biden extended last August, which brings back the danger of hundreds of thousands of tenants losing their homes, the Efe agency reported.
In an unsigned decision, the six Conservative magistrates stated that if the moratorium is to continue it must be “specifically” authorized by Congress. The three liberal magistrates disagreed with the majority.
Biden Administration Disagreeing With Measure
In this regard, the White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said in a statement that the Biden Administration is “disappointed” that the Supreme Court blocked the moratorium at a time when the cases for the delta variant are “significant” throughout the country.
Psaki warned that “families will face the painful impact of evictions” and communities across the country will face an increased risk of exposure to covid-19. In addition, he indicated that President Biden urges entities throughout the country, “from cities and states to local courts, landlords, cabinet agencies – to act urgently to prevent evictions.” Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
More than 3 million people will be affected
The court’s ruling ends protection for some 3.5 million people in the United States who said they face eviction in the next two months, according to early August figures from the Census Bureau, it reported. The Associated Press.
In their opinion, without a signature issued Thursday, the court noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – which again imposed the moratorium on August 3 – lacked the authority to do so accordingly. with federal law without the explicit authorization of Congress. The justices rejected the government’s arguments in support of the CDC’s authority. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
Congress must intervene to extend moratorium on evictions
“If a federally imposed moratorium on evictions is to continue, Congress must specifically authorize it,” the court wrote. The three liberal judges disagreed. Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote on behalf of the three, noted that the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the delta variant is one of the reasons why the court should allow the moratorium to continue.
“The public interest leans sharply in favor of following the CDC’s criteria at this time, when more than 90% of counties experience high rates of contagion,” Breyer wrote. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
Another defeat for Biden
On August 3, Biden extended for two more months the moratorium on evictions that has been in force since the beginning of the pandemic and that expired at the end of July, under pressure from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
The measure was implemented last year during the Administration of now former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and was extended by Biden as part of efforts to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. This is the government’s second defeat to the conservative majority of the Supreme Court this week. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
“It was worth a try”
On Tuesday, the court allowed the reinstatement of a program from the era of President Donald Trump that forced asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for the date of their hearings in a United States immigration court. The current government had tried to end the program, informally known as “Remain in Mexico.”
On evictions, Biden acknowledged that the new moratorium could face headwinds in court. However, the president noted that even in the face of doubts about what the courts would do, it was worth trying because it could give them even a few additional weeks to distribute more than $ 46.5 billion in rental assistance that were approved by Congress. . Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
Biden administration extends title 42 to expel immigrants
The health measure allows the expulsion of immigrants who cross the border in an undocumented way due to the health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Efe points out. The Biden government extended the so-called Title 42 that authorizes the expulsion of immigrants. Title 42 uses public health reasons to remove undocumented immigrants who have just entered the country, highlights Efe.
In a release, the CDC indicated that “regardless of their country of origin, migration through Canada and Mexico to the United States creates a serious danger of introduction of COVID-19 in the country.” Therefore, the CDC considered that “a temporary suspension is necessary to protect public health.” The extension of this measure takes place from this August 2 and will remain in force until the director of the CDC determines it. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
Who will not be affected by title 42?
Rochelle Paula Walensky, will decide on the danger of a greater introduction of COVID-19 to the United States by undocumented foreigners when it has ceased to be a serious danger to public health, the institution clarified in the statement.
Immigrant minors who cross the border alone will not be affected by the measure. “The order supersedes the October 13, 2020 order previously issued under this authority,” the CDC said of the order imposed under Trump’s tenure. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
Biden government reveals when title 42 could end
“The CDC continues to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at US borders and ports of entry,” the health institution highlighted. The agency will analyze transmission risks of COVID-19 as well as its variants and measures against them.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and our risk assessment changes, the CDC will re-evaluate the existing Order,” said the statement, which also revealed that such reviews to remove or maintain the order will be every sixty days. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
They sue the Biden government to eliminate title 42
The announcement comes on the same day that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, and other groups filed a lawsuit against the Administration of President Joe Biden to stop applying title 42.
The lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, filed in Federal Court for the District of Columbia, argues that Title 42 “violates long-standing immigration statutes that require asylum seekers to have a full and fair process.” Efe points out. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
Donald Trump implemented the measure against illegal immigrants
The government of President Donald Trump implemented the measure in March 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic began, Efe recalls. So far in fiscal year 2021, which began last October, more than 750,000 immigrants have been expelled under Title 42.
Last June, 103,014 foreigners who entered through the southern border were returned to Mexico, due to this rule. Groups that last year sued the government of President Donald Trump for the use of a health measure to expel migrants who cross the border in a way undocumented, sued the government of President Joe Biden today for continuing it. Filed Under: Evictions moratorium blocked.
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