Title 42 is a pandemic era policy that was established under former President Donald Trump’s administration in March of 2020 in order to control the number of immigrants entering the United States along the Southern border. The policy was first created with the intention of preventing the spread of COVID-19, however, as times have evolved and new technology surrounding the virus has been developed, many people believe that there is no need for Title 42 to continue remaining in place.
After a long period of debates revolving around Title 42, the United States Supreme Court has ruled to keep the pandemic era policy that is used to quickly turn migrants away in place for now, even though it was said to be put to an end on December 21st, 2022, by Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan. It has been estimated that Title 42 will continue to be in effect for at least another two months. The high court agreed in its judgment on Tuesday to hear arguments in February on whether a coalition of nineteen states headed by Arizona, including Texas, may contest a lower court’s decision ordering the Biden administration to repeal Title 42.
On more than a million occasions, immigration officers have used the health order to remove immigrants, some of whom were deported more than once after making many efforts to enter the country. The final verdict is that while the case is pending, the Supreme Court has declared that Title 42 will remain in effect.