Title 42, a policy implemented in March 2020 by the Trump administration, allowed the United States to expel migrants at the southern border without due process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday that Title 42 would no longer be applied to asylum-seekers at the border, except for those who may have COVID-19.
This change in policy was welcomed by advocates for immigration and human rights, who had criticized Title 42 for its inhumanity and lack of accountability. Critics of the policy have pointed out that it did not consider the dangers faced by migrants in their countries of origin, nor did it account for the fact that many asylum-seekers are fleeing persecution and violence.
With the expiration of Title 42 for asylum-seekers, the Biden administration will now be able to process and potentially grant asylum to those who qualify. However, the situation at the border remains complex and multifaceted. The administration is facing pressure to address the root causes of migration from Central America, including poverty, corruption, and violence, and to provide a more comprehensive and humane approach to immigration.
Overall, the expiration of Title 42 for asylum-seekers marks a significant step in the Biden administration’s efforts to reform the US immigration system and provide a more compassionate approach to those seeking refuge in the country.