Washington.- The United States Government will no longer be able to use the public health order to expel at migrant families trapped on the border with Mexico, according to the ruling issued yesterday by a federal judge.
Judge Emmet Sullivan set the Joe Biden government a two-week deadline to stop the expulsion of migrants, but some opponents point out that this measure is improperly based on the threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to information published by AP.
In response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Judge Sullivan granted a preliminary injunction and mentioned that they are likely to be successful in challenging the use of public health law. known as Title 42.
“President Biden should have ended this cruel and illegal policy long ago, and the court has done well to reject it today,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrant Rights Project.
It was at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, during the mandate of Donald Trump, when the US government began to apply Title 42 to try to mitigate the spread of coronavirus in detention facilities and to be able to return migrants without giving them the opportunity to request asylum.
The judge commented that in this case the use of Title 42 is “probably illegal” and not necessary “in view of the wide availability of tests, vaccines and other minimization measures” of the spread of the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus.
With the electoral victory of Joe Biden, the United States stopped the practice of expelling minors who cross the southern border of the country unaccompanied.
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However, the US government relied on Title 42 in August to expel 16,240 people traveling in family groups, according to recent statistics from Customs and Border Protection. In the same month, more than 86,000 migrants with children were found along the border.