If you know much about Title 42, you likely know that it was scheduled to end on December 21, 2022, per orders from a federal judge back in November. However, thanks to a group of states banning together, and a little help from the Supreme Court, it seems that the immigration policy may now be in place indefinitely.
As I mentioned, it all started back in November, when immigration advocates took Title 42 and its existence to court, claiming that it wrongfully prohibited those seeking asylum in the US to escape persecution. Additionally, they pointed out that, thanks to an increase in vaccinations and treatments for COVID, the pandemic isn’t nearly the concerning issue it once was.
After all, that it was Title 42 was implemented for.
If you remember, the policy was put in place by then-President Donald Trump near the beginning of the infamous pandemic. Basically, it allows border officials to turn away most incoming asylum requestees on the basis of medical health and preventing the spread of COVID-19.
For these immigration advocates, since COVID is not nearly the threat that it was and there are a number of treatments now available, the policy needs to be scrubbed. And, as I mentioned, one judge did agree with them.
However, there is a larger issue at stake here.
As you are likely well aware, the border is and has been overrun with illegals, with more crossing each and every month. Even the hottest and coldest months are still seeing millions cross over. Efforts like Title 42 helped to limit those numbers a bit and relieve a small bit of the strain our border officials and resources are forced to endure on a daily basis.
Naturally, the concern is that with Title 42 ending, millions more illegals would end up stateside, taking an even more massive toll on our already exhausted public services and their dwindling resources. Already, in anticipation of the policy ending, there has been an increase in migrations and crossings. Thousands have literally gathered on the Mexican side of the border, just waiting until they get word that Title 42 has officially ended.
And it is that increase that has led a number of conservative states to band together and fight to keep Title 42 in place.
Yes, they recognize that COVID-19 and its spread aren’t serious concerns like they were. However, with problems only growing at our southern border, we need all the help we can get. And so until another policy that works to limit migrations and keep illegals out is put in place, the argument is that Title 42 should remain intact.
This is especially true since the Biden administration has sided against the policy and has no plan to deal with the masses of incoming migrants, either before or after it would supposedly end.
And it is for this reason that the case has now ended up in the Supreme Court.
Now, as you can imagine, the case is quite controversial, with much to be said and heard on both sides. Unfortunately, this means it could take a while for the Supreme Court justices to decide fully on the matter.
And so, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stay on the November ruling that Title 42 end. This took place last week in an effort to give the High Court more time to decide on the case. And then, on Tuesday, the Supreme Court extended that stay, again in the hopes that the extra time would allow the court to make a better decision.
One matter for the court to decide on is whether states should even be able to interfere or fight for such issues in the court. Some say it is not in their purview. However, since the federal government has all but abandoned the policy, others would say it is the right of the states to step in.
We’ll just have to wait and see what the high court decides. In the meantime, we can rest a little easier, knowing that the justices so far seem to be all about keeping the Title 42 restrictions in place.