mexico: Covid-19 asylum limits at US-Mexico border to end May 23 – Times of India

WASHINGTON: The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that it is ending a policy restricting asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The use of public health powers had been widely criticized by Democrats and immigration advocates as an excuse for the United States to evade its obligations to provide refuge for people fleeing persecution. The policy came into force under President Donald Trump in March 2020. Since then, migrants trying to enter the United States have been rejected more than 1.7 million times.
The policy, known as the Title 42 Authority, named after a 1944 public health law to prevent communicable diseases, will end on paper on April 1, but it will not take effect until May 23, to give border officials time to prepare. sig.
“After considering current public health conditions and increasing access to tools to combat covid-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapies), the CDC director has decided that an order revoking the right to introduce migrants to the United States is no longer necessary,” he said. CDC in a statement.
The decision is expected to draw more migrants to the US-Mexico border.
The Department of Homeland Security said this week that about 7,100 migrants came daily, compared to an average of about 5,900 per day in February – in line with matching or exceeding peak levels from last year, 2019 and the second high season. But border officials said they plan for as many as 18,000 arrivals daily.


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