Title 42 Policy is Ending

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Sanaya Gupta

On May 23, 2022 the Biden Administration plans to end Title 42. Title 42 is a policy that allows the U.S. government to suspend immigrants and property that may have a communicable disease from entering the United States. 

Title 42 is a part of the 1944 Public Health Services Law and was put into place by former president Trump’s administration in March 2020 at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Trump Administration said it was implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19. With Title 42 in place, migrants are expelled from the border without being able to present their case to an Immigration Court. 

In a poll done by the Morning Consult and Politico, eight percent of Republicans support ending Title 42, while 60 percent of Democrats and 31 percent of Independents support the Biden Administration’s decision. 

Those who support getting rid of Title 42 argue that it is a policy that is dangerous and unfair for asylum-seekers. Mark Brnovich, the Attorney General of Arizona, tweeted, “it will result in an even greater crisis at the border…” showing the general argument for those who do not support ending the policy. 

Six Republican senators and five moderate Democrat senators, including Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have sponsored a bill proposing to extend Title 42. Additionally, the Biden Administration is being sued by the states of Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri for the decision. 

“The Biden administration was wrong to set an end date for Title 42 without a comprehensive plan in place. It’s why today we are introducing bipartisan legislation requiring this administration to implement a plan before lifting Title 42 that protects the public health and safety of our border communities and migrants.” states Kelly.