The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, announced that the Biden administration has made the determination to renew Title 42 after reporting an increase in infections by COVID-19.
Title 42 renewal went into effect Tuesday and has been in effect since it was implemented on January 31, 2020 under Becerra’s predecessor, former Secretary Alex M. Azar II.
This order has been reviewed and renewed every 90 days. Previously, the order was reviewed on April 15, 2021, January 7, 2021, October 2, 2020, July 23, 2020, and April 21, 2020.
This public health order currently allows undocumented immigrants to be returned to Mexico without the possibility of having their asylum claims heard in immigration court. There are exceptions for unaccompanied minors and some exceptions have been given to undocumented families.
According to NBC News sources, there were internal discussions in both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security in which the order was scheduled to end by July 31.
Since October 2020, more than 752,000 immigrants have been removed from the country under Title 42, according to Customs and Border Protection figures obtained by NBC News.
The possible decision to continue with the order has been due to a drastic increase in COVID-19 cases, particularly the Delta variant, and other recent events that have put pressure on Biden’s immigration policies, according to NBC News.