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Judge: COVID Asylum Restrictions Must Continue On Border

Added 05-20-22 05:54:02pm EST - “A federal judge in Louisiana blocked a Biden administration plan to lift Title 42, which denies migrants a chance to request asylum on the southern border.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Judge: COVID Asylum Restrictions Must Continue On Border”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum on the southern border must continue, a judge ruled Friday in an order blocking the Biden administration’s plan to lift them early next week.

The ruling is just the latest instance of a court derailing the president’s proposed immigration policies along the U.S. border with Mexico.

While the administration can appeal, the ruling sharply increases the odds that restrictions will not end as planned on Monday. A delay would be a blow to advocates who say rights to seek asylum are being trampled, and a relief to some Democrats who fear that a widely anticipated increase in illegal crossings would put them on the defensive in an already difficult midterm election year.

Migrants have been expelled more than 1.9 million times since March 2020 under Title 42, a public health provision that denies them a chance to request asylum under U.S. law and international treaty on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays in Lafayette, Louisiana, ordered that the restrictions stay in place while a lawsuit led by Arizona and Louisiana — and now joined by 22 other states — plays out in court.

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