A federal judge has blocked the Biden administration from lifting Title 42 for the time being. A Louisiana judge just ruled to keep an injunction in place for the policy, which has been used nearly two-million times to deny migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. due to COVID-19 restrictions. If the injunction was lifted, the Biden administration was expected to end Title 42 on Monday.
"Once again, the courts rule against Joe Biden’s lawless agenda. Title 42 is one of the last remaining protections we have from a deluge of illegals coming across our border," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. "I am glad for our state and our nation that It will remain in place."
“Another federal court announced today what we have known all along: President Biden is ignoring federal law with his open border policies," said Governor Greg Abbott. "While today’s court ruling rejecting President Biden’s ending of Title 42 expulsions is a positive development, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants remain at our southern border ready to flood into Texas. Texas will continue utilizing all available resources and strategies to prevent this mass illegal migration, including the deployment of Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas National Guard resources, the coordination with Mexican border governors, and the activation of the Joint Border Security Operations Center. We remain vigilant in fighting the lifting of Title 42 expulsions.”
“Today’s district court decision is disappointing and wrong. For more than two years, Title 42 has stripped legitimate asylum-seekers of their legal right to seek safety in the United States," said Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro. "Judge Summerhays’ decision to block the end of Title 42 will break our immigration system even further and cause unconscionable suffering for asylum-seekers and immigrant communities. As states roll back their pandemic health measures, there is no excuse to keep Title 42 in place. I strongly urge the Biden administration to appeal today’s decision and ensure that asylum-seekers receive the due process they deserve.”
The Biden Administration is appealing the decision. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the authority to set public health policy nationally should rest with the CDC, not with a single district court. However, she noted the administration will continue to enforce title 42 pending the appeal. This comes after a Lousiana judge kept his injunction in place for the policy that has been used nearly two million times to deny migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. due to COVID restrictions. If the injunction was lifted, the Biden administration was expected to end Title 42 at any time.