The White House is considering ending a border policy signed under Donald Trump that allowed migrant families to be sent back to Mexico after they crossed into the U.S., according to a report on Sunday.
The Biden Administration is considering revoking the policy known as Title 42 by July 31, Axios reported, as a record 170,000 migrants crossed the border last month.
It has resulted in tens of thousands of migrant families, including asylum seekers, being turned away. This includes children who were separated from their families when they tried to cross the border.
Trump introduced Title 42 to stop the influx of COVID from the southern border.
The CDC and physicians working with the Department of Homeland Security have also opposed it being used as a public health order.
The White House is considering ending a border policy signed under Trump that allowed migrant families to be sent back to Mexico after they got into the U.S. Migrants cross the Rio Grande on a raft over the weekend near Roma, Texas
Thermal imaging cameras show migrants crossing the Rio Grande overnight in Roma, Texas
The Biden Administration is considering revoking the policy known as Title 42 by July 31, despite a record 170,000 migrants crossing the border every month. Migrants are seen helping each other out of the water near Roma Texas
According to Axios, the Biden administration has been in negotiations with the ACLU over the plans, while they have put a lawsuit condemning the practice of expelling families on hold.
Administration officials have argued that the Department of Justice would be forced to defend the Trump policy if the ACLY went ahead with their lawsuit.
In a statement to Axios, a White House official said it is ‘a public health decision that will be made ultimately on those grounds.’
The Biden administration has been in negotiations with the ACLU over the plans, while they have put a lawsuit condemning the practice of expelling families on hold
Two weeks ago, Customs and Border Protection released figures that show illegal crossings have exploded by 674 per cent in a year.
Border guards confronted 180,034 migrants in May – the fourth consecutive monthly rise.
The figures show the number of migrants rocketed by more than six-fold from the 23,237 who crossed from Mexico into the United States in May 2020.
Last year’s number was far lower than usual because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but this year’s figures still spell worrying news for Joe Biden, with 2021 on-track to record the highest number of illegal border crossings since 2006.
Single adults still represented the majority of border-crossers, data from the U.S. Border Patrol showed.
In May there was a decrease in the number of unaccompanied minors, from roughly 16,910 to 13,906, Border Patrol found.
CBP also said that a majority of those who crossed the border were already expelled due to Title 42, which allows the U.S. government to quickly remove people using the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the 180,034 crossers, 112,302 had already been expelled.
CBP also pointed out, according to Fox News, that Title 42 is leading people to try to cross the border more than once, which could also factor into the high numbers.
Axios reported last week that preliminary CBP data from the fiscal year 2021 showed that illegal crossings have been the most since 2006 – with four months still to go.
In this image made with a thermal camera, a Border Patrol agent leads up group of immigrants from the bank of the Rio Grande at night over the weekend in Roma, Texas
Immigrants seeking asylum wait to be accounted for and taken to a border patrol processing facility after crossing the Rio Grande near Roma, Texas, on Saturday night
This chart shows how 2021 border crossings – pictured in blue – rocketed on crossings made in 2020, represented by the brown line (2018 is pictured in gray, with 2019 in orange)
This graph shows the number of migrants caught by the Office of Field Operation (OFO) and US Border Patrol agents in April and May