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Judge strikes down Title 42 policy blocking asylum seekers

A federal judge on Tuesday vacated the Title 42 policy that allowed border agents to rapidly expel migrants without letting them seek asylum, toppling a Trump-era policy embraced by the Biden administration.

D.C. federal district court Judge Emmet Sullivan found the policy violated the Administrative Procedures Act, striking down the controversial policy and blocking the Biden administration from using it to turn away migrants.

Crafted under the Trump administration in the earliest days of the pandemic, Sullivan “declares the Title 42 policy to be arbitrary and capricious in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and permanently enjoins defendants and their agents from applying the Title 42 policy.”

Lee Gelernt, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union representing immigrants challenging the policy, celebrated the decision.

“Title 42 has caused grave harm to thousands of desperate asylum seekers. The 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,” he said in a statement.


Source: The Hill

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