US NEWS: The US removes refugee restrictions for children traveling alone

ATLANTA (AP) – Unaccompanied migrant children trying to enter the United States will no longer be denied the opportunity to apply for asylum under a new directive announced by U.S. health authorities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which announced the change late Friday night, said “expulsion of non-citizen children has no reason to protect public health.”

The change was announced shortly before a court order would be issued to allow Biden authorities to deport his children seeking asylum under Title 42, introduced in March 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The order is always available for adults and families with children.

Testing and other forms of protection allow for solitary children to be released to donors in the United States, the CDC said. The sponsors are usually family or other close relatives.

The judge ruled in the Texas district court that the CDC had failed to explain why children who were traveling alone were exempted from Article 42, and gave administrators a week to appeal. Instead, the CDC raised the order – but only for children who did not attend.

The Associated Press left a text message with the office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and sent an email. There was no immediate response.

Immigrants have been displaced more than 1.6 million times under Article 42, named after the 1944 Public Health Act. Biden kept the order in place but released unaccompanied minors during his first days in office.

Prominent democracies and advocacy groups have been pushing to end Article 42 for all immigrants. “It is not a humane or effective solution to protect our borders,” U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, of the Illinois Democrat, wrote on Twitter on Friday.

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