A coalition of conservative states in the United States has launched a new effort to uphold a law enacted under President Donald Trump that allowed asylum claims to be denied at the southern border on public health grounds.
On Monday night, 15 states filed what’s called a motion to intervene, that is, a request to be part of the legal process surrounding the public health law known as Title 42.
The regulation, implemented by the Trump administration in 2020, allows immigrants who request asylum to be denied based on the need to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The legislation is set to expire on Dec. 21, which could put an end to the limit measures as Republicans prepare to control the House of Representatives with plans to make that a cornerstone of their agenda.
The states argue that they would be “irreparably harmed by the imminent expiration of Title 42” and should be allowed to argue before December 21.
Immigrant advocacy groups argue that Title 42 unfairly harms people fleeing persecution and that the pandemic was used by the Trump administration as an excuse to halt immigration. On 15 November a judge ruled in favor of the groups, calling the ban “arbitrary and arbitrary”.
Judge Emmett Sullivan ruled in Washington that the application of that law to families and adults traveling alone must stop immediately. The government has not enforced Title 42 on children traveling alone. The judge then granted a request by the Joe Biden administration to set a Dec. 21 deadline to expire the law, to give it time to prepare.
15 states argue that border states such as Arizona and Texas, as well as states along the border, would receive more immigration if Title 42 was repealed.
If Sullivan’s decision is upheld, it could increasingly affect immigration measures at the border. More than 2.4 million immigrants have been deported from the United States since the law went into effect in March 2020.
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