For the past month, the battle over the Biden administration’s decision to end a Trump-era public health policy has heated up considerably.
What started as 3 states, but has increased to up to 21, Attorneys Generals are asking for the courts to put a stop to the Biden administration’s plan to end Title 42, arguing it would lead to a massive rush of illegal immigrants into the US.
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Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Monday afternoon that a federal judge signed off on a request to issue a temporary restraining order preventing President Joe Biden from lifting Title 42, a Trump-era policy authorizing U.S. Border Patrol to turn away migrants at the border over COVID-19 concerns.
“In a lawsuit originally filed by Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona, our Office just obtained a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place. This is a huge victory for border security, but the fight continues on,” Schmitt said.
Schmitt joined the other state attorney generals last week in a challenge to the Biden administration after it announced plans to scrap Title 42 on May 23.
Judge Robert Summerhays of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana approved the temporary restraining order against the Biden administration.
“The Court discussed the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order [ECF No. 24] filed by Plaintiffs. For the reasons stated on the record, the Court announced its intent to grant the motion. The parties will confer regarding the specific terms to be contained in the Temporary Restraining Order and attempt to reach agreement,” Summerhays wrote, according to CNN.
The announcement on April 1st by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stating that they would be ending the policy was met with criticism by the Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Both sides of the political aisle have called on the Biden administration to delay ending the rule.
Congressional critics have charged that lifting the policy before preparations can be made will result in a wave of immigration, putting further pressure on an already strained immigration system.
“Right now, we have a crisis on our southern border. Right now, this administration does not have a plan. I warned them about this months ago,” Arizona Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly said last week. “It’s going to be, to be honest, it’s going to be a crisis on top of a crisis.”
“I heard directly from Border Patrol leadership about operational challenges and discussed with them my concerns about the administration’s intent to lift Title 42 without a comprehensive plan in place. My focus is on ensuring an orderly, humane, and secure border process,” Kelly tweeted later in the day.
Arizona’s other U.S. Senator, Kyrsten Sinema (D), known more as a centrist on a handful of issues, also expressed similar concerns in a statement.
“Arizona communities bear the brunt of the federal government’s failure at our border, so we’re stepping in and protecting border communities by ensuring the Administration works hand-in-hand with local leaders, law enforcement, and non-profits to put a comprehensive, workable plan in place before lifting Title 42.”
In the end, it will come down to the administration’s ability to convince the court that they are prepared to handle the additional wave of immigrants.
How much this judge, and possibly other judges, believe them will decide if Title 42 stays or goes.