It was recently reported that a federal judge has stopped the use of Title 42, a pandemic-related immigration restriction measure that the court found to be out of date. Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court specifically underlined that the policy hasn’t been updated to reflect the pandemic’s present circumstances, which include easily accessible vaccinations, treatments, and an increase in international travel. Although the Trump-era policy has officially been blocked, fifteen Republican states are persistent in their requests to maintain Title 42 in order to swiftly get rid of migrants at United States land borders. Among the states that submitted a request to Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan in order to intervene in the Title 42 case include Arizona, Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
These Republican states argue that removing the restriction will increase the number of immigrants and negatively impact not only them but increase the border overflow. They assert that states themselves are entitled to privacy in the standing analysis and that a rise in migrant flows to the border will place financial pressures on the regions unwittingly receiving them.
States are devoted to maintaining control restrictions over their borders which they do by restricting the number of people present there, barring those who are ill, and enforcing immigration laws.