Four migrants share their stories of traveling to the US-Mexico border in hopes of being granted asylum.
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Since March 2020, the U.S. has used its authority under the Title 42 public health law to rapidly expel migrants and, in some cases, suspend the right to seek asylum under U.S. law and international treaty.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Trump administration invoked Title 42 shortly after the coronavirus outbreak. Its purpose was to prohibit border control agencies from holding migrants in "congregant settings," like holding stations, where COVID-19 could spread rapidly. In effect, though, Title 42 gave the government the power to rapidly expel any migrant, without giving them an opportunity to make a case for staying in the country legally, including to seek asylum.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 19 blocked a plan by President Joe Biden’s administration to lift the restrictions on Dec. 21, as ordered by a lower court. The CDC in April officially rescinded the policy, saying it was "no longer necessary" after "considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19."
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