Federal Judge Blocks Lifting of Title 42

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The Facts

  • Louisiana federal judge Robert Summerhays on Fri. blocked the Biden admin. from ending Title 42 for now, saying that the litigating states "demonstrated harm that will result," and that the proper "notice-and-comment" procedures to revoke it weren't followed.

  • In April, Biden announced plans to end the controversial public health measure - which was adopted by the CDC in Mar. 2020 to turn back migrants during the pandemic - on May 23, after the CDC determined it was no longer necessary.

The Spin

Left narrative

Title 42 was placed into effect as a short-term public health measure to protect against COVID, not as immigration law. The policy strips migrants of their right to seek asylum and has placed them in a dangerous situation. The CDC has found the policy to be no longer necessary, and to keep it in effect is cruel.

Right narrative

This is a victory for border security. Biden's repeal of most Trump-era immigration laws has turned the southern border into a disaster. Repealing Title 42 would lead to an overwhelming increase in illegal border crossings, and put the US in significant danger. The fight isn't over yet, but this is a massive step in the right direction.

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