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Biden administration goes to court to defend use of Trump-era immigration pandemic

Attorneys for the Biden administration will appear in court on Wednesday to defend their use of a Trump-era immigration restriction that has resulted in more than a million migrants being deported at the US-Mexico border.

The Biden administration says the use of Title 42 public health protections is essential to curb the entry of COVID-19 into the country.

But human rights activists say its use deprives arrivals of their right to seek asylum and provides no public health benefits when the coronavirus is already rife.

In September, a federal court in Washington DC issued an injunction banning the Biden administration from using the measure to evict families.

However, this was overturned on appeal.

Campaigners will return to the appeals court on Wednesday, where they will say they have documented thousands of murders, kidnappings, assaults and other forms of violence against expelled migrants.

Asylum-seeking migrants from Haiti walk along the border wall after crossing the Rio Bravo River to turn themselves in to US Border Patrol agents seeking asylum in El Paso, Texas

Asylum-seeking migrants from Haiti walk along the border wall after crossing the Rio Bravo River to turn themselves in to US Border Patrol agents seeking asylum in El Paso, Texas

President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

Former President Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump

Critics have accused President Joe Biden of failing to deliver on promises to roll back President Donald Trump’s immigration policy. Campaigners will appear in court on Wednesday as they continue their efforts to reverse the administration’s use of Title 42, a public health measure that allows officers to deport migrants without hearing their asylum applications.

“The Biden government is bound by both domestic law (the Immigration and Nationality Act) and international law (the Refugee Convention, the Convention Against Torture, the International Human Rights Act) to enable refugees to seek security. search our borders, rather than being sent back to regions where they are at risk of persecution,” Oxfam legal counsel Diana Kearney said in a memo outlining the group’s stance.

“We are litigating with our partners to ensure that the US government complies with these legal obligations.”

Title 42 was first applied to the pandemic by the Trump administration.

It allows border officials to quickly return migrants and families to Mexico or their home country without first screening them for asylum.

Its use during the pandemic has been highly controversial, with critics seeing the fingerprints of Steven Miller — one of President Donald Trump’s foremost advisers — and his anti-immigration instincts everywhere.

At the time, the Associated Press reported that the White House had acted despite advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said there was no evidence it would slow the coronavirus.

“We are back in court because the Biden administration has chosen to continue this brutal policy against families despite the lack of any support from public health officials,” Lee Gelernt of the ACLU, lead attorney in the trial, told CNN.

Public health experts are lining up to back their action.

A record number of immigrants – legal and illegal – live in the US with 46.2 million foreign-born people living in the country

A record number of immigrants – legal and illegal – live in the US with 46.2 million foreign-born people living in the country

A record number of immigrants – legal and illegal – live in the US with 46.2 million foreign-born people living in the country

dr. Ron Waldman, an epidemiologist with the CDC for more than 20 years and now president of Doctors of the World-USA, said Title 42 was never about public health.

Despite President Biden’s promises to end the previous administration’s harmful immigration practices, his administration, acting through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has fully embraced, championed and used these inhumane policies for a year now. ‘, he said.

“They own it now, and the terrible human suffering it has caused.”

Critics say the Biden administration has failed to deliver on its promises to overthrow Trump’s most ruthless immigration policy.

At the same time, Biden is under pressure from the right.

Republicans blame Biden’s soft touch for an increase in the number of migrants arriving at the southern border.

sen. Ted Cruz recently said Republicans will be under “enormous pressure” to impeach Biden if they take back the House of Representatives in this year’s midterm elections.

In The Verdict With Ted Cruz, he accused Democrats of “arming” impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump who was impeached twice.

When asked if his colleagues in the House will respond in kind, Cruz said, “I think there’s an opportunity for that. Right or wrong, the Democrats armed impeachment.”

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