April 27, 2022

Judge halts preparations for end of US asylum limits

The Biden administration plans to end the policy on May 23.

2021 Title 42 protest Migrants march toward the Deconcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Sonora in a demonstration asking President Joe Biden to restore the U.S. asylum process.
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A federal judge in Louisiana has ordered the Biden administration to stop phasing out a public health rule that allows the expulsion of migrants without an opportunity to seek asylum.

The administration plans to end the policy on May 23.

It has acknowledged that it recently processed more single adults from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador under immigration laws — which include rights to seek asylum — instead of the public health policy.

U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays' two-week halt came in lawsuit filed by Arizona, Louisiana and 19 other states that want to preserve the pandemic-based expulsion policy.

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