Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced that the Biden administration made the decision to renew Title 42 after reporting an increase in COVID-19 infections.
This application is reviewed and renewed every 90 days. Previously, the application was reviewed on April 15, 2021, January 7, 2021, October 2, 2020, July 23, 2020, and April 21, 2020.
This public health order currently allows undocumented immigrants to be returned to Mexico without the ability to have their asylum claims heard in immigration court. There are exceptions for unaccompanied minors and some exceptions have been granted to families without documents.
According to sources from NBC NewsThere were internal discussions in both the White House and the Department of Homeland Security that it was planned to end the matter by July 31.
Since October 2020, more than 752,000 immigrants have been turned away from the country under Title 42, according to Customs and Border Protection figures obtained by NBC News.
The likely decision to continue the matter is due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases, particularly the Delta variant, and other recent events that have pressured Biden’s immigration policies, according to NBC News.
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