Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told migrants "do not believe lies of smugglers" as he warns of "tougher consequences" as Title 42 expired.
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An emergency immigration restriction which allowed easier expulsion of migrants at the southern border has ended after more than three years, likely accelerating a surge of asylum seekers that had already begun in anticipation of the change.
The controversial Title 42 program had been tied to the federal public health emergency for COVID-19. That also expired at the end of May 11.
The Biden administration, which had been blocked by the Supreme Court from ending the Trump-era policy earlier, has been preparing for the change for nearly two years.
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