A federal judge in Washington, D.C. ruled Tuesday that the Biden administration could not use a Trump-era policy for expulsion of illegal migrants.
Emmett Sullivan, U.S. District Judge, issued a memorandum preventing the Biden administration’s use of Title 42. Federal authorities use Title 42 to expel illegal migrants in order to reduce the spread COVID-19. The policy was responsible for expulsions of more than 1 million illegal migrants over the past year.
“The Court invalidates and sets aside Title 42 policy, which includes regulation at 42 C.F.R. SS 71.40 and all decisions and orders memos issued by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. They suspend the right to bring certain people into the United States. The Court also declares that the Title 42 Policy — which includes the regulation at 42 C.F.R.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers already saw a record of more than 230,000 migrants in fiscal 2023.
Sullivan’s actions are part of a larger case brought by a group of migrants who argued that they would face serious harm if expelled without the chance to seek humanitarian aid. This was against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in Jan 2021.
The Biden administration has long opposed the policy and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried to stop its use on May 23rd, but a federal judge intervened to stop the order.
Due to an increase in illegal migrants from Venezuela and Cuba, however, the Biden administration increased Title 42 to expel them.
DHS did not respond to Daily Caller News Foundation’s request to comment on the matter.