Biden admin will extend Trump’s order allowing border officials to expel migrants
Kaylee Greenlee, DCNF
The Biden administration will reportedly keep restrictions allowing border officials to expel most migrants for another month, The Monitor reported Wednesday.
The Trump administration implemented public health order Title 42 prohibiting some individuals from entering the U.S. in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Border officials encountered nearly 190,000 migrants at the southern border in June and over 100,000 of those were rapidly expelled under Title 42, according to CBP.
“At this time there is no change in policy, DHS [Department of Homeland Security] is continuing to enforce the CDC Order issued under CDC’s Title 42 public health authority,” a DHS spokesperson told The Monitor. “Title 42 is not an immigration authority, but a public health authority, and its continued use is thus governed by the CDC’s analysis of public health factors.”
— Valerie Gonzalez (@ValOnTheBorder) July 21, 2021
In order to stop the spread of COVID-19 within federal processing facilities, migrants are immediately expelled to the country from which they came under Title 42, according to CBP. If the migrant can’t be returned to Mexico or Canada, officials work to transport them back to their country of origin.
The Biden administration was reportedly considering ending the public health order at the end of July, Axios reported June 20. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will decide when to lift Title 42 restrictions, an unnamed White House official reportedly told Axios.
The Biden administration decided to allow unaccompanied migrant minors entry to the U.S. and a small number of family units in March, USA Today reported. However, unaccompanied kids were allegedly subjected to poor treatment and filthy conditions in multiple federal facilities, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported.
Several migrant children detailed instances of being served raw food, inadequate access to counselors and girls using identification cards to cut themselves at the Fort Bliss emergency intake site near El Paso, Texas, the DCNF reported July 2. Allegations of employees committing sexual assault and other unhygienic conditions at the facility surfaced in June, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
The DHS did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.