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Federal judge rules Title 42, allowing COVID asylum restrictions, must continue at border

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A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday ruled that pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum on the southern border must continue, blocking President Joe Biden’s …
A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday ruled that pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum on the southern border must continue, blocking President Joe Biden’s plan to terminate the Title 42 public health order Monday. U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays sided with 24 states that sued the Biden administration over plans to lift the restrictions, granting the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction to stop the rollback of Title 42. In a 47-page ruling, Summerhays said the CDC’s termination order did not go through a notice-and-comment process required for rule changes and that the CDC did not consider alternatives to ending Title 42. The judge, a 2018 appointee of former President Donald Trump, also said the states proved that ending Title 42 would result in “immediate and irreparable harm” because of a projected increase in border crossings, overcrowded processing facilities and, in turn, greater costs to provide health care and education services.
“The record reflects that – based on the government’s own predictions – that the Termination Order will result in an increase in daily border crossings and that this increase could be as large as a three-fold increase to 18,000 daily border crossings”, the judge wrote.

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