Attorneys from Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri challenged the Biden administration’s plan to lift Title 42 in Louisiana. Title 42 is a Trump-era border policy, put in place during the beginning of the pandemic. Experts say the case was strategically filed in a state where it would likely be assigned a Trump-appointed judge. The case is set to be heard today, nearly 500 miles from the border.
The Biden administration has not been successful in undoing many harsh Trump-era immigration policies. This is partially because Republican leaders have fought to keep them in place.
Now, more than 20 states have joined in the lawsuit to extend Title 42, arguing that the CDC didn’t end the policy correctly. The policy was technically put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, it resulted in millions of migrants being expelled without their right to seek asylum.
Due to the COVID vaccine, the CDC has said the policy is no longer necessary. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security has released a plan to address the expected increase in migration. However, many members of both parties remain skeptical of the decision.
Judge Summerhays, the judge set to hear the decision, has already signaled he will likely side against the Biden administration.