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23 Nov 20:22

About our Title 42 news

Latest news on Title 42, a policy that was implemented in March 2020 under former US President Donald Trump in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by preventing millions of migrants from entering the US to claim asylum. The policy was set to end on 21 December, 2022, nearly three years after it was implemented. The US Supreme Court ruled that Covid-era restrictions at the US-Mexico border should remain in place temporarily while a legal challenge by Republican officials in 19 states moves forward. The restrictions were set to end but were blocked by the court at the request of the Republican officials, who are led by the attorneys general in Arizona and Louisiana.

The US Supreme Court has voted to keep in place Title 42. The policy, which has been applied about 2.5 million times since March 2020, gives the government the power to automatically expel undocumented migrants seeking entry to the US. The policy was originally due to expire on 21 December, but two days before the deadline, Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts blocked its termination. The court has then voted 5-4 to extend the temporary stay ordered by Justice Roberts while the case moves forward. 

The Biden administration continued the policy until 11 May 2023, when it expired along with other Covid-related measures. The end of Title 42 is expected to cause an influx of migrants at the border who will be allowed to request asylum again.

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