When the current administration began in January, many were hopeful that the new president would keep his campaign promises regarding immigration—specifically, ending several of the strict immigration enforcement policies that were implemented by the Trump Administration.
Unfortunately, Title 42 is one such policy that has continued under President Joe Biden, leading to lawsuits challenging the legality and fairness of the order. The policy was originally enacted in March 2020, during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and allows border agents to immediately expel migrants crossing the Southern border.
Mounting Pressure to Rescind Title 42
Since Biden took office, U.S. border patrol officers have carried out about 350,000 expulsions, including 50,000 families, according to recent data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Many traveled thousands of miles in order to seek asylum, only to be turned away and sent to some notoriously dangerous cities in Mexico.
Recently, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought a lawsuit against the federal government challenging the use of Title 42 against asylum seekers and families. As of May, the two sides of the lawsuit failed to reach an agreement, resulting in the ACLU filing a court response that indicates the organization’s intentions to continue with the suit.
Lee Gelernt, the ACLU's deputy director of its Immigrants' Rights Project and lead attorney on the case, recently told Newsweek that, “The Trump administration throughout its four years was constantly looking for a way to stop asylum seekers from Central America. We are extremely concerned that the Biden administration has kept the policy in place for families and adults."
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