Court throws out pandemic-era border expulsion policy – JP
Lee Gelernt of the ACLU, the lead attorney representing the families in the case, said through a spokesperson that Sullivan’s ruling “puts an end to a policy that misused the public laws as a pretext to abandon our commitment to provide a hearing to those fleeing danger.”
Last month, a House panel published a report revealing that the Title 42 policy was drafted and implemented without input from the CDC’s public health experts. Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s division of global migration and quarantine, told lawmakers that the Title 42 order was “not drafted by me or my team,” but rather was “handed to us.”
The ruling also arrives just days after former Tucson, Ariz., Police Chief Chris Magnus resigned as Customs and Border Protection commissioner, following reports of internal conflict and amid record-high levels of migration.
Border agents logged more than 2.3 million encounters with migrants at the border in fiscal 2022, marking the busiest year at the U.S.-Mexico border in recorded history.
Tuesday’s decision marks the second time Sullivan has ruled against the Title 42 policy in this case.