The government proclaimed the end of Title 42, but humanitarian asylum is still in jeopardy.
From the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), its Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has announced the end of Title 42, but he also confirmed that expedited removals will continue to be carried out as of December 21 of this year.
What does this mean? Although humanitarian asylum will continue to be valid for the thousands of immigrants who need it, those who do not have the necessary documentation to stay in the United States will be removed from the country.
These and many other changes have been implemented by the Biden Administration due to the uncontrolled number of foreigners entering the U.S. on a daily basis. While the current government has repeatedly taken a stand in favor of the immigrant community, the bipartisan struggle and strong opposition have fought hard for many of the anti-immigrant policies to remain in place.
For this very reason, Joe Biden and his team of officials have terminated Title 42 as part of their pro-immigration advocacy, but expedited removals must continue for those who do not meet the minimum legal requirements to remain in the country.
Do you want to know more about what’s happening with the Title 42? Don’t worry, at Jaskot Law, we’ll tell you all the details. If you think this measure has an impact on your status, do not hesitate to contact us.
What is Title 42?
Title 42 is a long-standing measure, but it was re-activated in March 2020 by former President Donald Trump. It was implemented along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a protection to the nation’s health from the Coronavirus that could spread through open borders. Clearly, it provided a justification for the anti-immigrant policies in place at the time.
Under the Zero Tolerance policy, any immigrant wishing to cross the border was immediately removed. Once Joe Biden became president, he said the measure was going to be terminated, but this did not happen due to multiple opposition roadblocks. After multiple claims, many comings and goings, a date was set for its end: December 21, 2022. That’s how, in the coming weeks, we will see the long-awaited end of Title 42.
What will happen when December 21 arrives?
Beyond the good news of the termination of Title 42, the DHS announced that other immigration restrictions will continue in force due to the extremely high number of foreigners entering the southern border on a daily basis.
For this reason, once Title 42 is terminated on December 21, expedited removals will still be carried out at the border for those aiming at entering the country without the minimum required documentation.
These measures are included within the framework of the so-called Title 8, and will also affect those who want to try to re-enter after having been removed for five years. This is how the government plans to deal with the unacceptable number of undocumented immigrants at the border once Title 42 is terminated.
Since May of this year, it has been estimated that once this policy is eliminated, around 18,000 immigrants will cross the border daily. For this reason, the Administration is making plans and modifying old measures to speed up the processes in the immigration courts and avoid border irregularities.
At Jaskot Law, we can offer assistance to those seeking to live and work in the United States legally. Communicate with our law firm and get the guidance you need to overcome any obstacle to regularize your immigration status.