A federal appeals court on September 30 protected the Biden administration’s ability to use a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that allows White House officials to evacuate illegal immigrants because of the COVID-19 pandemic. .
The decision of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit comes after a federal judge on September 16 issued a time-delayed order restraining the Biden administration from enforcing Title 42. The order was set to take effect on Thursday.
The Title 42 policy was first issued in March last year by the CDC under former President Donald Trump, citing the need to limit the spread of the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney Lee Gelern said in a statement: “If the Biden administration truly wants to treat asylum seekers humanely, it must end this lawless policy now and withdraw its appeal. ” “We will continue to fight to end this illegal policy.”
In his original ruling against the Biden administration, US District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan for the District of Columbia wrote that the public health law is based on Title 42 policy that does not authorize the eviction of migrants.
Expelling asylum seekers deprives them of the “opportunity to receive humanitarian benefits” they are entitled to under immigration law, they wrote.
Thursday’s decision comes at a time when Biden is facing mounting criticism from both sides of the political aisle for his handling of an influx of illegal crossings at the US-Mexico border. The president has presided over the worst border crisis in US history in terms of the number of illegal migrants that US agents and officials have encountered. The number topped 200,000 in both July and August.
Counties along the southern border have found COVID-19 positivity rates of up to 40 percent in illegal immigrants who are potentially COVID-19 positive when sent by federal officials to communities across the United States. But it is a matter of concern.
The Biden administration has defended the Title 42 policy as being necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP virus.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also defended the administration’s decision not to require negative COVID-19 test results or proof of vaccination from people illegally crossing the southern border.
Saki, answering a question from a reporter on September 20 whether border patrol officers asked to see proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or negative test results “if someone walks into the country, right across the river “Illegal immigration is not comparable to foreign nationals arriving in the United States by plane.
Questions were raised by the White House’s announcement on Monday that all foreign visitors need to be vaccinated and present proof of their vaccinations before boarding a flight to the US. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Gents said in a press conference that individuals must also show a negative COVID-19 test at least 72 hours prior to flight.
“They’re not intending to be here for long. I don’t think it’s the same thing,” she said.
Charlotte Cuthbertson contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times