The epidemiological measure limiting immigration from Mexico to the United States remains in effect for the time being. A federal judge ruled in Louisiana on Friday. However, US President Joe Biden has indicated earlier that he wants the measure to be lifted.
The legal discussion revolves around a rule from the CDC for the US Health Services, known as “Title 42”. The measure, introduced in 1893 to protect the country from cholera and yellow fever, allows US authorities to immediately return most immigrants who enter the country illegally. Increased health risks are indicated in times of a pandemic. Former President Donald Trump had invoked this arrangement in March 2020, at the start of the Corona pandemic, to largely close the country’s borders.
The “Title 42” application is very controversial, because asylum seekers do not get the opportunity to apply. Incumbent President Joe Biden has already suspended the measure for unaccompanied minors.
The CDC announced that the entire restriction will be lifted starting Monday, May 23. However, 24 countries went to the court after that, demanding that the procedure be kept. Judge Robert Summerhayes ruled in their favor on Friday.
On Friday, the US Department of Justice said it would appeal the court’s decision.
Human rights groups had called for an end to the restriction. They accused the US government of using the pandemic as an excuse to bring people back en masse.
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