United States: Louisiana judge blocks Joe Biden administration from lifting ‘Title 42’

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A judge in the US state of Louisiana on Friday blocked President Joe Biden’s plan to terminate the Title 42 public health order (Representational image)

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Louisiana: A district judge in the US state of Louisiana on Friday blocked President Joe Biden‘s plan to terminate the Title 42 public health order. The Biden administration was planning to lift the pandemic-related border restrictions on Monday.
Title 42 is a controversial anti-immigration rule imposed during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic to block almost all asylum applications at the country’s southern border. US District Judge Robert Summerhays ruled that the pandemic-related restrictions must continue.
According to a report by USA Today, Summerdays in the 47-page ruling said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) termination order did not go through a notice-and-comment process required for rule changes. Notably, the judge was appointed in 2018 by the then President Donald Trump.

“The record reflects that – based on the government’s own predictions – that the Termination Order will result in an increase in daily border crossings and that this increase could be as large as a three-fold increase to 18,000 daily border crossings,” reported the media house quoting the US judge.

Title 42 was imposed by the Trump administration in March 2020. The rule permits the immediate removal of any foreigner or non-resident who is trying to enter the USA without a visa. It has been branded “inhumane” by social activists. Notably, most of the people who arrive at the southern US border have travelled from Latin American countries.

There are generally two ways to enter the US – either by making an asylum claim or through an illegal crossing. Before the implementation of Title 42, if illegal immigrants made a claim for asylum, then a lengthy process used to be initiated in the United States or in Mexico.