They want this to end immediately.
On Saturday many of the Senate Democrats requested that the Biden administration stop using Title 42 which was enacted by President Trump during the early days of the pandemic. This rule allows for migrants to be immediately expelled at the border due to a public health emergency.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), issued a statement requesting that this policy be effectively put to an end.
“The continued use of Title 42 has created life-threatening conditions for vulnerable migrants, enriched human smugglers, and significantly increased the number of dangerous border crossings,” the senators said. “We urge the Biden Administration to fulfill its early promise to restore access to asylum and end the usage of Title 42 once and for all.”
The Department of Homeland Security has been operating under Title 42 for the past two years and as a result, has expelled thousands of migrants who appeared at the U.S. border. The only exception to the rule made by the Biden administration related to unaccompanied migrant children, however on Friday a judge in Texas ruled against this exemption.
A different judge on the same day ruled that migrants would not be expelled to countries where they might face persecution or torture.
In their joint statement, the senators said “We all watched in horror as thousands of Haitian families, including infants, were returned to Haiti without the opportunity to seek asylum,” adding, “Turning away families seeking protection from torture or persecution is not who we are.”
The call for the reassessment of Title 42 comes at a time when many of the COVID-19 restrictions in the U.S> are being lifted and the country appears to be entering a new phase of the pandemic.
“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should review their current order given the progress our nation has made in its pandemic recovery,” the senators said. “As we emerge from this pandemic, it is time for the Administration to reinstate humanitarian protection at our borders.”