Biden Administration Halts Removal Of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors By Adults

Washington – The government of President Joe Biden announced this Friday the temporary suspension of the “express” expulsions of minor migrants unaccompanied by an adult, as previously ordered by the country’s health authorities, alleging the danger of contagion by COVID -19.

In a notification published this Friday in the official Federal Register newspaper, the government indicates that the ordinance was adopted taking into account the most up-to-date information that last October, when the order was issued, had on the pandemic and the situation on the borders of U.S.

“The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has decided to exercise its discernment to temporarily exempt from expulsion minors, foreigners and unaccompanied by adults, who are in the United States pending the result of the evaluation of their health, “said the note.

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This exception will remain in effect “until the CDC has completed its public health assessment and issues a notice” about the October ordinance.

Last January, 78,323 immigrants were detained or considered inadmissible at the southeastern border of the United States, of which 5,871 were minors without the company of an adult, the highest number recorded since June 2019, according to Customs Office data. and Border Protection (CBP).

Last October, the CDC issued an ordinance suspending the entry into the United States of people from countries where there was a quarantine for contagious disease.

This measure was added to another in March last year, when the then vice president, Mike Pence, had ordered the CDC to use its emergency powers to seal the borders, despite the reluctance shown by the country’s main health agency, according to press reports.

This measure, called Title 42 and which was added to others to toughen illegal and legal migration to the country, was taken to the courts, which initially agreed with the plaintiffs, although on January 29 an appeals court allowed the agents to border authorities to expel unaccompanied undocumented children entering the country.

Precisely the date of entry into force of the decision of the Biden administration made official this Friday was issued the day after the ruling of the appeals court, on January 30.

Despite this court ruling, the Biden administration, which was able to maintain the policy of its predecessor, Donald Trump, decided to suspend this measure as part of its more “humanitarian” approach to immigration policies.

Biden signed a decree on February 2 to create a regional mechanism to address the causes of migration from Mexico and Central America, and a system for the orderly processing of those seeking asylum in the United States.

The CDC noted that “the current COVID-19 pandemic remains a highly dynamic public health emergency” and cautioned that all other aspects of the October ordinance, including its application to adults, “remain in effect until notify any modification ”.

However, the February 2 executive order also requires a review of the CDC order to determine whether it should be canceled or modified, the Department of Health explains in its notice published in the Federal Register.

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