Employment & Immigration

A federal judge found that the policy doesn’t authorize the expulsion — and, in turn, doesn’t allow for those removed to be denied the opportunity to seek asylum.

Migrants head north toward the U.S.-Mexico border as they depart from Tapachula, Mexico on Sept. 4, 2021. | Marco Ugarte/AP Photo

By SABRINA RODRIGUEZ

09/16/2021 03:30 PM EDT

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A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Biden administration from continuing to use a Trump-era public health order to expel migrant families arriving at the U.S. southern border.

In a 58-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan found that the Title 42 policy does not authorize the expulsion of migrants — and, in turn, does not allow for those removed to be denied the opportunity to seek asylum in the U.S. The judge’s order will go into effect in 14 days.

The ruling is a major victory for the American Civil Liberties Union, human rights organizations, immigrant advocates and asylum seekers, who have long argued that the use of Title 42 is unlawful, inhumane and not justified by public health. The ACLU led the legal challenge pressing for Biden officials to stop using the public health authority to expel migrant families.

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