Title 42 expiring: Supreme Court temporarily blocks lifting pandemic-related restrictions on immigrants seeking asylum

WASHINGTON, DC– The Supreme Court is temporarily blocking an order that would lift pandemic-era restrictions on asylum seekers. But it leaves open the prospect of the restrictions being lifted by Wednesday.

Monday’s order from Chief Justice John Roberts comes as conservative states push to keep restrictions on asylum seekers put in place at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. They are appealing to the US Supreme Court in a last-ditch effort before the limits expire.

In the unilateral order, Roberts granted a stay pending further order and asked the government to respond by 5pm Tuesday. That’s just hours before the restrictions are due to expire on Wednesday.

Roberts’ order means the high-profile case, which has come under intense scrutiny, will go to the wire.

Often referred to as Title 42, immigration restrictions were introduced under then-President Donald Trump in March 2020 and have blocked hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking asylum in the United States in recent years. But as they phase out, thousands more migrants will be housed in temporary shelters on Mexico’s border with the United States

Immigration advocates have sued to stop using Title 42 to limit who can seek asylum, saying the policy violates American and international obligations to people fleeing to the US to avoid persecution. And they’ve argued that things like vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus have made the policy obsolete.

Conservative-minded states have argued that repealing Title 42 would lead to a rush of migrants to their states and put a strain on state services such as health care or law enforcement. They also accuse the federal government of not having a plan to deal with an increase in migrants.

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