May 21 – U.S. authorities were stopped by a U.S. government judge on Friday from removing the COVID-19 border that empowers agents at the US-Mexico border to repatriate immigrants without giving them a chance to seek asylum.
An international order issued by U.S. regional judge Robert Summerhays in Louisiana states that the restrictions, which were due to expire on May 23, will remain beyond the border as the case progresses unless the high court overturns the decision. The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it intended to oppose it.
The epidemic limits, known as Article 42, were introduced in March 2020 during the tenure of former Republican President Donald Trump, who worked hard on immigration. Health officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said at the time it was necessary to curb the spread of coronavirus in border areas.
Since then, more than a million immigrants detained at the border have been deported promptly to Mexico or other countries under orders, usually within hours of being arrested.
Judge Summerhays, nominated by Trump, said keeping the Title 42 order in place “would serve the public interest” and that national legislation was needed given the ability of immigrants to cross the border freely to travel from one state to another.
Democratic Alliance President Joe Biden’s decision to raise the 42nd Amendment has come under fire from Republicans and some members of his party, who are concerned that ending the expulsion will boost the record-breaking number of immigrants.
Medical experts, the United Nations, and other Democrats say that expulsion of students puts dangerous immigrants at risk and is not based on science.
The White House has said it does not support the court’s decision but will comply with it pending a DOJ application.
“The authority to set national public health policy should be vested in the Centers for Disease Control, not just one regional court,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.
Last month, the CDC said Article 42 was no longer needed to fight COVID-19 due to the increased availability of vaccines and other tools.
But a coalition of 12 provinces, led by Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri, all with Republican ambassadors, is suing to prevent Biden’s administration from finalizing the policy.
The judge found that the states “had a high probability of success” about their request that the CDC fails to take appropriate administrative action while removing Article 42. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich applauded the decision as “a great victory.”
The decision leaves thousands of immigrants waiting in cities across the Mexican border for a ceasefire to begin the asylum process in the United States. On Friday, a group of migrants gathered outside the US embassy in Tijuana to voice their concerns.
“We are here with our COVID-19 vaccination cards and tests to prove we do not have the disease,” said Mexican asylum seeker Juan Carlos Guzman, who has fled to violent Guanajuato province after a planned meeting. a criminal gang killed his son.
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. A separate court ruling prevents the Biden administration from evicting families from areas where they can be prosecuted or harassed.