The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will order an end to the Title 42 public health order which allows border agents to immediately expel illegal border crossers, according to multiple reports. “There is no longer a serious danger” that migrants could spread Covid in border detention facilities, according to the CDC.
The order was initially handed down under the Trump administration in the early days of the Covid pandemic, and renewed by the Biden administration in August 2021. Although it will end this week, implementation of the new order will be delayed until late May to give the administration time to prepare for a potential rise in migrants seeking to cross the southern border illegally.
Over 2 million migrants were detained at the southern border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in 2021, the first year of President Joe Biden’s term in office. That was more than double the 921,812 migrants detained in a 2019 surge in illegal crossings.
The U.S. will likely see an influx of migrants once the CDC lifts the Trump-era Title 42 border policy allowing immediate deportation, the White House says https://t.co/NbzBckXXXS pic.twitter.com/qRfUEQ6YK7
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) March 30, 2022
Officials within the Department of Homeland Security have reportedly warned that rescinding the order could result in an influx of illegal border crossings. Border agents reportedly encountered 164,973 migrants in February, up over 60 percent from February 2021. But White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the administration expects to see a new influx of migrants once Title 42 is lifted.“We are planning for multiple contingencies, and we have every expectation that when the CDC ultimately decides it’s appropriate to lift Title 42, there will be an influx of people to the border,” Bedingfield told reporters at a White House press conference on Wednesday.
The Biden administration is defending its use of Title 42—a Trump-era order to rapidly deport thousands of migrants without giving them a chance to apply for asylum. @TerryMoran explains the order that some groups argue violates U.S. asylum law. https://t.co/ilcbmRV7ou pic.twitter.com/pC7Ntdg6T8
— ABC News (@ABC) September 26, 2021