The Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked an order that would lift Title 42, but this isn’t America’s biggest problem.
America’s Border Problems
In a 41 page filing, The Biden administration on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to deny a request by Republican-led states to keep the Title 42 pandemic-era border restrictions in place indefinitely, saying the expulsions of migrants under the policy can no longer be justified on public health grounds.
The policy was due to expire on 21 December.
Jean-Pierre argued recently that reports of thousands of migrants pouring over the border daily doesn’t suggest the border is open and has attacked people who claim to be “spreading misinformation.”
The order, signed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., pressed pause on the lower court order to end the Title 42 policy until further order from the high court.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials told U.S. lawmakers that some 50,000 foreigners were waiting to cross into the U.S. in anticipation that Title 42 would be lifted.
Because of the growing border problem, the Democratic mayor of the Texas border city of El Paso on Saturday declared a state of emergency, citing the hundreds of homeless migrants sleeping on city streets and the thousands being apprehended every day trying to cross the border.
Title 42 is a part of U.S. law that deals with public health, social welfare, and civil rights. It gives the federal government the ability to take emergency action to keep communicable diseases out of the country.
Before then-President Donald Trump used it in 2020, it had only been used in 1929 to keep ships from China and the Philippines from entering U.S. ports during a meningitis outbreak.
The Supreme Court temporarily blocked an order to lift pandemic-era restrictions on asylum seekers, Title 42. Still, the brief order leaves open the prospect that the restrictions in place since the coronavirus pandemic began have been used to turn back hundreds of thousands of prospective asylum seekers.
The restrictions helped deter migrants more than 2.5 million times. 19 states had asked the high court for an emergency stay to keep Title 42 in place.
People from countries such as Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua continue to arrive at the border.
Mexico has agreed to accept some Venezuelan migrants, and negotiations are ongoing for it to take more. Cuba recently agreed to accept migrants who had left the country and crossed undocumented into the U.S. from Mexico. Mexico also accepts some migrants from Central America, but not Nicaraguans, who also are not accepted back by their own country.
If Title 42 had ended, intelligence reports indicate that arrests of illegal aliens at the border could have immediately soared to 14,000 illegal immigrants per day and then level out at 18,000 per day. If that had happened, there would have been practically no agents left to patrol the southwest border with Mexico. The cartels will gain complete control.
Nearly 2.4 million people were detained after crossing illegally into the US in fiscal 2022, an increase from 1.7 million in fiscal 2021, fewer than 500,000 in fiscal 2020, and nearly 1 million in fiscal 2019. Those figures do not include migrants who evaded arrest.
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