New reports indicate that President Joe Biden and his administration is seriously contemplating ending former President Donald Trump’s policy that allowed U.S. border officials to turn back migrant families to Mexico based on concerns over health.
A public health order known as Title 42 was put in place last March in order to help protect America from migrants bringing in additional cases of COVID-19, causing the disease to spread through more of our population by turning away migrants and having them return to Mexico.
Now the Biden administration is thinking of ending that order as early as the end of July.
Officials in the administration have been finding it harder and harder to defend Title 42 as vaccination rates in the country continue to rise and the death toll and infection numbers fall.
“[It’s] a public health decision that will be made ultimately on those grounds,” a White House official said during an interview with Axios. The official then went on to add the administration would not get ahead of any Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determinations made concerning the issue.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas agreed.
“It’s not a tool of immigration policy,” Mayorkas said , speaking of Title 42 during a recent trip to Mexico City. Mayorkas then went on to say the order would stay in effect as long as it would be beneficial for public health.
President Joe Biden has been briefed on a plan for stopping the order, as well as the option of letting a court end it, Axios reported Sunday.
White House officials admitted to Axios that not enforcing Title 42 for families could lead to more migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border, and could intensify pressure to end the policy for single adults.
CDC officials and doctors who serve as consultants for the Department of Homeland Security have opposed using Title 42 order to expel migrants.
The ACLU has already placed a temporary hold on its lawsuit targeting the expulsion of families while it continues to negotiate with the administration.
According to reports from Axios, more than 350,000 adult migrants have been booted from the country in the last four months.