The government has been able to deport hundreds of thousands of migrants who would have otherwise been permitted to file for asylum because of the pandemic-era health directive, known as Title 42. The government’s use of a Trump-era emergency public health measure to promptly deport immigrants who cross the southern border illegally was finally put to an end by federal judge Emmet Sullivan. Title 42 was declared be an arbitrary and unjust law. Since the Trump administration first applied it, Title 42 has been utilized as a crucial enforcement weapon at the border which was initially implemented by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The choice of concluding the Title 42 policy will result in a dramatic adjustment to how the Biden administration handles the unprecedented number of unlawful border crossings that have occurred recently. Before Title 42 was put into effect, backlogs at the border had occasionally led to overcrowding in holding facilities, which attracted criticism from human rights organizations, produced images of mayhem, and raised concerns about the administration’s capacity to handle the inflow. However, after the judge’s statement was final, the Homeland Security Department filed for a five-week delay before the order went into effect to give officials time to prepare. This delay allowed agencies to develop extended bed space, shelters, and resources for the potential surplus of migrants.
According to Judge Emmet Sullivan, migrants who arrive at ports of entry along the border will no longer be sent away, but instead might file for asylum and even stay in the nation while their requests are being reviewed.