Track 42 is scheduled to finish on May 23, CDC says


The Trump-era immigration service, commonly known as Title 42 — which allowed for the summary expulsion of nearly 2 million migrants — will end on May 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

In a statement, the CDC said the order would remain in effect for the next seven weeks to implement “appropriate COVID-19 mitigation protocols, such as: B. Expanding a program to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to migrants and prepare for the resumption of regular migration.” .

“After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to combat COVID-19 (such as high-potency vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC director has determined that an order suspending the right of entry of migrants into the United States is no longer required,” the agency said.

Title 42 went into effect in March 2020 under former President Donald Trump and has allowed border officials to immediately deport migrants attempting to enter the United States without giving them an opportunity to seek asylum.

According to official estimates, the policy has been used more than 1.7 million times to expel migrants.

Reports over the past few weeks that the Biden administration would soon be terminating Title 42 have prompted lawmakers from both parties to warn of a massive spike in migration this spring — typically in the peak season for attempted border crossings.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas warned in a separate statement that “we know smugglers will spread misinformation to take advantage of vulnerable migrants.”

“Let me get that straight,” he added. “Those who cannot find a legal basis to remain in the United States will be deported.”

“We are increasing our capacity to process new arrivals, assess asylum claims and expeditiously deport those who do not qualify for protection,” Mayorkas continued. “We will increase staff and resources as needed and have already deployed more than 600 law enforcement officers to the border.”

Mayorkas also said DHS will implement “reasonable COVID-19 protocols” to protect against a possible surge in cases, “including ramping up our vaccination program.”

Without the order to act as a deterrent to migrants seeking asylum, border state lawmakers have also warned that hundreds of thousands of people could populate the southern border once Title 42 is lifted.

Contrary to Mayorka’s promise of a “comprehensive, government-wide” approach, many locally elected and border officials are in the dark about what to do, and some are accusing the Biden administration of “lacking a plan.”

“We don’t have enough information as to what these plans are… assuming they exist,” Border Patrol Officer Jon Anfinsen told The Post this week. “We don’t even know what to say [agents] what to expect. We are already in a position where things are as bad as they have ever been. To think they will get worse is difficult to quantify.” Track 42 is scheduled to finish on May 23, CDC says


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