- The United States is preparing a plan to curb the increase in migrants at the border.
- The authorities fear that lifting Title 42 will increase levels of immigration.
- “Smugglers will try to take advantage and profit from vulnerable migrants,” warned the US Secretary of Homeland Security.
The US government unveiled a plan Tuesday to deal with the potential surge in the number of immigrants arriving at the country’s southern border, which is expected to occur when Title 42, a public health order that has prevented people from applying for asylum, is lifted.
A memo from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas outlines a more robust plan to enforce US immigration law without the use of Title 42, which was invoked at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, according to The Associated Press.
What does the immigration plan consist of?
“When the Title 42 public health order is lifted, we anticipate that migration levels will increase as smugglers seek to take advantage and profit from vulnerable migrants,” Mayorkas warns in the memo released a day before he appeared before the court. The issue has become a potent element of the Republicans’ political message.
The plan includes augmenting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other federal agencies working in the border region, expanding the detention capacity through the use of temporary facilities, and deploying aggressively a process known as expedited removal to deport migrants who do not qualify for asylum or other relief under the US law.
Could Title 42 remain in force?
It also builds on new Department of Homeland Security initiatives designed to streamline the evaluation of migrant claims, such as the deployment of asylum officers to the border to help determine whether someone should be granted temporary legal residency until an immigration court rules on their case.
There is no mention of the fact that a court could soon order the government to back down and halt plans to lift Title 42 on May 23 due to lawsuits filed by some Republican-led states. On Monday, a federal judge in Louisiana said he would issue an order limiting the federal government’s preparedness capacity but left the details of the agreement up to the federal government and the states. Filed under: US immigration plan.
Are migrants in danger?
District Judge Robert Summerhays, who was appointed by former president Donald Trump, is scheduled for a hearing on May 13 in the lawsuit brought by Louisiana and 20 other states seeking to keep Title 42 in effect. Republican lawmakers and some Democrats have also called on the Biden administration to keep the order in place.
Migrants have been expelled more than 1.8 million times using that rule, which was issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the Trump administration. Advocates for asylum seekers support withdrawing the rule, which they say endangers people fleeing persecution at home and violates their right to seek protection, which is enshrined in the US law and in international treaties. Filed under: US immigration plan.
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