The American Supreme Court maintains in force the so-called “title 42”, the emergency health measure introduced by Donald Trump in the name of the fight against Covid, at the beginning of 2020, to allow the American government to expel the hundreds of thousands of migrants illegally crossing the border with Mexico, expelling them directly once caught.
In a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court granted the request by nineteen Republican attorneys general to keep Title 42 in effect, and a hearing to hear their reasons is scheduled for February. This means that the restrictions will remain in place for months, at least until March or April.
Enforcement of “Title 42” was due to expire on December 28, and the Biden administration was preparing for the possibility of an end to the restrictions. The attorneys general were concerned that lifting the emergency relief could lead to an unsustainable increase in the flow of migrants to the US southern border, an “unprecedented calamity” that they believe the federal government would fail to address. face.
According to Abcnews, which cites data from Customs and Border Protection, the measure has allowed the US to expel 2.4 million migrants from its border.
According to its opponents, “Title 42” goes against American and international obligations towards people who flee to the United States to escape persecution. A federal judge had accepted their complaint blocking the application of the measure. Hence the appeal of the Republican states to the Supreme Court.
White House: Congress needs to pass broad immigration reform
“Title 42 is a health measure” and to solve the problems of the immigration system there is “a need for Congress to approve a broad reform such as the one proposed by President Biden”. This was stated by White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre commenting on the decision of the Supreme Court to maintain the restrictions introduced by Donald Trump. We will “respect” what was decided by the wise men and at the same time “we are preparing to manage the border in a safe, orderly and humane way for when” title 42 will be abolished.