In an extraordinary move, a federal judge in Louisiana temporarily blocked the Biden Administration “from ending expulsions of illegal immigrants under Title 42 of the U.S. Code, less than a month before their planned end” reports National Review.
Trump appointee of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Judge Robert Summerhays, gave the order announced in a single-page notice Monday. Summerhays currently presides over Louisiana v. CDC, a lawsuit brought against the Biden Administration by Louisiana, Arizona and Missouri over its plans to end Title 42 next month.
National Review reports of the ruling:
It is a temporary restraining order, designed to preserve the situation at the Southern Border until arguments for a more formal injunction may be considered. Per Rule 65 of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the order will expire within 14 days – i.e., May 9 – or a shorter timeframe set by Summerhays.
Drawn from the Public Health Service Act of 1944, Title 42 allows the U.S. to remove foreign nationals who are deemed to pose a risk to the “public health” of the United States. During the coronavirus pandemic, it was invoked by the Trump Administration in March of 2020 to summarily expel migrants who crossed the Southern Border illegally, often on the same day they arrived, without proceeding through the lengthy normal deportation process.
The Biden Administration, citing the pandemic, continued its use upon assuming office – though it added exemptions for unaccompanied children and vulnerable families. As of last week, per U.S. Customs and Border Protection, over 1.7 million illegal immigrants had been expelled from the U.S. under Title 42 provisions. In comments to NPR, Theresa Cardinal Brown of the Bipartisan Policy Center called Title 42 the “primary tool” of controlling illegal immigration along the Southern Border.
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.
According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.
ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.
Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries.
Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.
Surprisingly, ADN reports:
A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.
Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.
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