A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from revoking Title 42, which will allow the continued expulsions of migrants at the southern border on a public-health basis.
Louisiana judge Robert Summerhays issued a preliminary injunction, a copy of which was obtained by Fox News, on the Biden administration's directive to end the order on May 23, after two dozen Republican-controlled states launched a lawsuit challenging it.
In April, the Biden administration announced its plans to lift the measure after the CDC claimed that there was no longer a Covid-19 risk associated with processing migrants, an administration official told Politico.
“After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC Director has determined that an Order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary,” the agency wrote on its website in April.
Republicans have slammed the move, which would remove pandemic-related asylum limits, fearing that it will precipitate a never-ending flood of migrants across the border. Facilities and border personnel have been overwhelmed and under-resourced for many months since the beginning of the border crisis under the Biden administration.
“Today's ruling is a significant win as Title 42 is one of the few policies that is actually working,” Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich told Fox News. Arizona was one of three states, in addition to Louisiana and Missouri, to spearhead the lawsuit.
“I'm grateful to the court for upholding the rule of law and helping maintain some level of sanity as we continue to battle the Biden-made border crisis,” he added.