Title 42 was set to expire on Wednesday, December 21. The provision, which was invoked by the Trump administration, permitted the quick expulsion of migrants crossing the border due to the COVID-19 virus. Many immigrants are gathering on the US border, and some have even entered the interior of the country in anticipation of its termination. This prompted the mayor of El Paso, Texas, to declare a state of emergency.
Several states have made appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court in a last-ditch effort to block the lifting of the provision. On Monday, the Court applied a temporary hold. Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced the Court's decision via Twitter:
BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts has HALTED the lifting of Title 42 for now.
Texas and other states are insisting that the Court leave Title 42 in place.
Today's order is a step in that direction.
This helps prevent illegal immigration.
The brief order, which was signed by Chief Justice John Roberts, places an order of stay on the November 15, 2022, order issued by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia:
“UPON CONSIDERATION of the application of counsel for the applicants, IT IS ORDERED that the November 15, 2022 order of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, case No. 1:21-cv-00100, is hereby stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court. It is further ordered that a response to the application be filed on or before Tuesday, December 20, 2022, by 5 p.m. (EST).”
According to NBC:
“[Chief Justice] Roberts ordered that the federal district court ruling, which was due to go into effect on Wednesday, be put on hold until the Supreme Court acts. He asked the Biden administration and groups challenging the policy to file a response to the states’ request by Tuesday afternoon.
“Nineteen states led by Arizona and Louisiana filed an emergency request after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit last week rejected their request to intervene in the case in a bid to prevent the policy, known as Title 42, being wound down.
“‘Getting rid of Title 42 will recklessly and needlessly endanger more Americans and migrants by exacerbating the catastrophe that is occurring at our southern border,’ Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement.”
As per the order, a response is due on Tuesday afternoon.
It is evident that this is an ongoing story with more developments to come.