A U.S. federal judge ordered the Biden administration to lift Trump-era asylum restrictions that permit the government to expel hundreds of thousands of migrants who could be eligible for asylum.
Judge Emmet Sullivan for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia concluded that the measure, known as Title 42, was “arbitrary and capricious” and had been implemented in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Migrants have been expelled from the US more than 2.4m times since the rule took effect in March 2020, denying migrants rights to seek asylum under U.S. and international law on grounds of preventing the spread of Covid, reports the Guardian.
Human Rights First identified nearly 10,000 cases of kidnapping, torture, rape or other violent attacks on people blocked or expelled to Mexico under Title 42, during the Biden administration, reports CNN.
The decision will lead to a significant change in how the Biden administration manages what has been a record number of unauthorized border crossings, according to New York Times.
The Homeland Security Department late Tuesday filed for a five-week delay before the order went into effect to give officials time to prepare. Sullivan granted the five-week delay “with great reluctance”, yesterday, saying it would “enable the government to make preparations to implement” his ruling.
The Biden administration initially sought to end use of Title 42, but a federal judge blocked the effort. Last month the U.S. announced the policy would apply to Venezuelans, and subsequently used the rule to expel nearly 6,000 Venezuelan migrants in October
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