The United States seeks to end regulations that allow the expulsion of immigrants due to the pandemic

The United States Seeks To End Regulations That Allow The Expulsion Of Immigrants Due To The Pandemic

Washington – The United States has launched a plan to end Title 42, a health regulation used to expressly expel migrants who arrive at the southern border under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Tuesday’s announcement comes after a federal judge gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a period of five weeks to suspend the rule.

“We are activating our plans” for when Title 42 is lifted, DHS Acting Assistant Secretary Blas Nuñez-Neto said on a call with reporters.

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Under Title 42, the United States has expelled more than 2.5 million migrants, according to data from the International Rescue Committee.

When this regulation put in place by former President Donald Trump is suspended, Title 8 will apply, which allows migrants to request asylum at the ports of entry and gives the Government the power to deport and even impose penalties on those who do not comply with the requirements and are considered inadmissible.

Among the executive’s plans are measures to reduce processing times, retaliate against those who cross the border illegally and work with governments in the region, including Mexico, to deal with coyotes and human traffickers, Núñez explained.

“There are more than 23,000 agents at the border and we have significantly increased our detention capacity to be able to transport migrants and deport them,” the official said.

Nuñez also announced that, as part of its preparation, the Joe Biden administration is in talks with governments in the region to be able to deport Venezuelans to third countries.

“Third countries have historically been used to repatriate Venezuelans and it is something that we are going to continue doing,” said the official.

The United States does not have diplomatic relations with Venezuela and in early October the Biden government reached an agreement with Mexico to be able to expel migrants from this South American country who arrive at the southern border.

Last week, Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District of Columbia issued a ruling forcing the government to end Title 42, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.”

Title 42 originates from a 19th century law designed to stop the “introduction” of contagious diseases into the United States. Under the pretext of that regulation, the United States does not allow migrants to apply for asylum when they arrive in its territory and are expelled from the United States. country on the fast track.

The main difference between the regulations is that Title 8 obliges the authorities to transfer the undocumented to detention centers for several hours where they can request asylum, while Title 42 allows deportation to be resolved in 15 minutes and without space for asylum. .

Sullivan’s court decision not only knocked down one of the last remaining barriers to immigration imposed by Trump, but also challenged the Biden Administration at a time when record apprehensions of undocumented migrants are being recorded at the border with Mexico.

In October alone there were 230,000 arrests at the US-Mexico border, with more than 78,400 expulsions from US territory.

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