News reports indicate that the Biden administration may not cancel a policy that keeps migrants out of the country at the end of July, citing health measures given the growing number of coronavirus cases in the United States
Immigrant advocates were already pressuring the Biden administration to end what’s known as Title 42 of the Public Health Safety Act, a policy the Trump administration started using in March 2020 when as knowledge of the increase in coronavirus infections has started to increase in the United States – and around the world.
Defenders said they heard reports that this would change soon, at least for some, and parents migrating with children would not be subject to the rule by the end of July, a first step in lifting the restrictions completely.
US Customs and Border Protection said the policy was necessary to prevent people from entering Mexico’s and Canadian borders “in the interest of public health.” Border Patrol officers have been ordered to deport anyone caught trying to enter the United States illegally instead of treating them under current immigration law. This policy remained under the Biden administration with a few exceptions.
But news outlets CNN and NBC News reported that sources in the administration said the plan is now “in progress” and that one reason may have been the growing number of infections. COVID-19 driven by the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
Currently, children are the only ones not subject to the rule, but immigrant advocates say that by expanding the policy and excluding others, the Biden administration puts people who have already been victimized in a dangerous situation .
NBC News reported on July 20 that a White House official said the administration would continue to rely on public health officials and had no date to end Title 42.
Dr Michele Heisler, a representative of a group of medical professionals, said in early July that the policy “made no sense” when it was first instituted by the Trump administration and did not no sense now under Biden.
Heisler, medical director of Physicians for Human Rights, took part in a letter sent in early July to Secretary Xavier Becerra of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr Rochelle Walensky, calling on the administration to cancel the policy.
Catholic bishops and organizations affiliated with the church have also called for an end to the policy since its inception.
On June 24, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ migration committee, called on the government to end “the abuse of Title 42 to suppress vulnerable asylum seekers “.
Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas told Vice President Kamala Harris, during his June 25 visit to the border town, “to hear the voices of those turned back at the border under Title 42 “.
“Their tears should shock our national conscience,” the bishop told the vice president. “We must restore the right to asylum at the border with a reception plan for asylum seekers worthy of our country’s highest ideals and commitments.