Texas sues to stop Biden administration from repealing Title 42 policy

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit Friday to stop the Biden administration from repealing the Trump-era Title 42 policy.

Why is this important: The pandemic-focused policy, which allows federal authorities to turn back migrants at the border without the possibility of seeking asylum, is due to end on May 23.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has highlighted the decreased risk of migrants contracting or spreading COVID-19 in detention centers, but Republicans say a repeal would lead to an influx of migrants that would add to the already historic number of borders.

What they say : “The Biden administration’s disastrous open-border policies and its haphazard and haphazard response to COVID-19 have combined to create a humanitarian and public safety crisis on our southern border,” the lawsuit states.

  • A “glaring inconsistency is DHS’s complete termination of the Title 42 program while maintaining a masking regime for intra-U.S. transportation and a proof-of-immunity regime for legal international travelers,” it adds.
  • “Texas will face increased healthcare costs due to the increased presence of illegal aliens with COVID-19 who would otherwise have been barred from the country under Title 42, and it relied on the Title 42 program to plan for the costs related to COVID-19 he should expect to incur.”

The big picture: President Biden’s inner circle has discussed delaying the repeal, hoping to buy more time to avoid a wave of migrants.

To note: Three in 10 immigrants in US detention centers refuse the COVID-19 vaccine.

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