With the increase of the number of Covid-19 positive illegal immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had renewed Title 42, the policy allowing the immigrants’ expulsion due to public health concerns, New York Post writes.
The agency announced Monday that Title 42 will remain in effect until they determine that noncitizens entering the United States are no longer posing serious danger to public health due to potential Covid-19 spreading.
The only exempts from the a public health authority dictated by CDC in accordance with according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are unaccompanied children and some families encountered at the Southwest Border.
The latest CDC decision has enraged NGOs in the US, prompting them to sue Biden administration for not repealing the policy, with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), leading a coalition of NGOs, announcing they would resume a lawsuit against the White House that was paused for months.
Title 42, used by Trump administration to deter illegal immigrants during Covid-19 lockdowns last year, allows deportations of persons who have recently been in a country where a communicable disease was present.
Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said they decided to pursue an immediate injunction seeing that there’s no end in sight to Title 42 though Biden administration had more than seven months to deal with the issue.
According to US Customs and Border Protection data, around 70,000 families apprehended this year on the US-Mexico border have been deported to Mexico pursuant to Title 42, but Texan media warned last week that Mexican authorities have stopped accepting nationals from other countries expelled under Title 42.