COVID-19 asylum limits at US-Mexico border to end May 23

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control announced on Friday that it was ending a policy that limited asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The use of public health powers had been widely criticized by Democrats and immigration advocates as an excuse for the United States to shirk its obligations to provide refuge to people fleeing persecution. The policy went into effect under President Donald Trump in March 2020. Since then, migrants attempting to enter the United States have been turned away more than 1.7 million times.

The policy, known as the Title 42 Authority, named after a 1944 public health law aimed at preventing communicable diseases, will end on paper on April 1, but it won’t go into effect until April 23. May, to give border authorities time to prepare.

“After reviewing current public health conditions and increased availability of tools to combat COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and treatments), the CDC Director has determined that an order suspending the right to ‘Bringing migrants into the United States is no longer necessary,’ the CDC said in a statement.

The decision is expected to attract more migrants to the US-Mexico border.

The Department of Homeland Security said this week about 7,100 migrants are arriving daily, down from an average of about 5,900 a day in February — on track to match or surpass highs from last year, 2019 and other peak periods. But border officials said they expected up to 18,000 arrivals a day.


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