The limits were put in place under President Donald Trump at the start of the pandemic.
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is upholding pandemic restrictions indefinitely, dashing the hopes of immigration advocates who have predicted the limits. will end this week.
In a ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court extended the temporary stay that Chief Justice John Roberts granted last week. According to the court order, the case will be debated in February and the stay will be maintained until the judges decide the case.
The limits were put in place under President Donald Trump at the start of the pandemic. Under the restrictions, officials have deported asylum seekers inside the US 2.5 million times and denied most asylum seekers at the border on the pretext of preventing the spread of COVID- 19. The restrictions commonly known as Title 42 refer to the 1944 public health law.
Immigration advocates have sued to end the use of Title 42. They say the policy goes against U.S. and international obligations to people fleeing to the United States to escape persecution. pressure. They also argue that the policy is outdated as coronavirus treatments improve.
A federal judge sided with them in November and set a December 21 deadline to end the policy. Conservative states have appealed to the Supreme Court, warning that the surge in migration will damage public services and cause an “unprecedented disaster” they say the federal government The state has no plans to deal with it.
Roberts, who handles urgent matters from federal courts in the nation’s capital, ordered the adjournment to give the court time to more fully consider both sides’ arguments.
The federal government has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the states’ efforts, acknowledging that an abrupt end to the restrictions could lead to “a temporary disruption and increase in illegal border crossings.” “.
The Supreme Court’s decision comes as thousands of migrants have gathered on the Mexican side of the border, filling shelters and worrying advocates, who are scrambling to figure out how to care for them. care for them.
The exact issue in court is a complicated, largely procedural question about whether states should be allowed to intervene in a case that has pitted migrant advocates against the federal government. No. A similar group of states won a lower court order in another court area to block the end of restrictions after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in April that they will terminate the use of this policy.
Until November’s order by the judge in the advocates’ case, the states had not sought to participate in that lawsuit. But they say the administration has essentially given up defending the Title 42 policy and they should be able to intervene. The administration appealed the ruling, though it did not attempt to uphold Title 42 while the legal case unfolded.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-world/supreme-court-pandemic-era-immigration-limits/507-cbb50c88-dd0f-4025-874f-6f2a8c19d5ad Title 42: Supreme Court keeps pandemic immigration limits