Washington Examiner – The Biden administration has been temporarily barred by a federal judge from ending the pandemic health policy known as Title 42 on May 23.
The move delays what Homeland Security officials predicted would prompt an unprecedented rush of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border and is a major win for the three Republican states that brought the lawsuit in early April, which 18 other states have since joined.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt wrote in a post on Twitter Monday afternoon:
“In a lawsuit originally filed by Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona, our Office just obtained a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place. This is a huge victory for border security, but the fight continues on.”
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement:
“We applaud the court for approving our request for a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place. The Biden administration cannot continue in flagrant disregard for existing law and required administrative procedures.”
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Judge Robert Summerhays announced a temporary restraining order in the case Monday, calling on the Department of Justice and states to work out the details in continuing the policy.
The policy was put into effect in March 2020 and mandated that U.S. border officials turn away migrants immediately after they illegally came across the border. It also meant migrants seeking asylum at international bridges would not be able to.
The temporary policy was good for 60 days but has been renewed over the past two years. In that time, border officials have turned migrants away more than 1.7 million times using the authority, including many who have tried to cross the border more than once …