Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan on Tuesday struck down Title 42, a rule by which the United States deports undocumented migrants using the pretext of a pandemic.
In his ruling, Sullivan described title 42, which began to be applied in 2020 during the administration of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and was maintained in the Administration of the current president Joe Biden, as “arbitrary and capricious”. .
With a decision this Tuesday, which takes immediate effect, a judge of the federal court of the District of Columbia canceled the order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which allowed the deportation of hundreds of thousands of migrants for health reasons. .
This Tuesday’s ruling is the result of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which states that Title 42 puts migrants in a dangerous situation and violates the US asylum law.
This regulation originated from a 19th century law to stop the “introduction” of infectious diseases into the United States.
Under the pretext of this regulation, the United States does not allow migrants to seek asylum when they arrive on its territory and is quickly expelled from the country.
Almost two and a half million migrants have been expelled since March 2020
This Tuesday’s judicial resolution not only knocks down one of the last barriers imposed by Trump on immigration, but also poses a challenge to the Biden Administration at a time when record stops of undocumented migrants are being recorded at the border with Mexico.
In October alone, 230,000 were detained at the US-Mexico border, with more than 78,400 deportations from US territory.
Since March 2020, when Title 42 entered into force, the United States has expelled 2.4 million migrants, most of them from the border with Mexico and the most during the Biden administration due to the number of undocumented immigrants that has grown exponentially.