The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended the Trump-era public health order allowing border officials to expel most migrants back to Mexico or Canada, the agency announced Monday.
The regulation, known as Title 42, temporarily prohibits noncitizens from entering the U.S. through Canada or Mexico regardless of their port of origin in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 into the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unaccompanied migrants minors were exempt from the order.
“CDC is continuing to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the U.S. borders and ports of entry, looking at the risks of transmission and spread of COVID-19 in congregate settings, such as U.S. Customs and Border Patrol stations, as well as the threat from emerging variants and the availability of testing, vaccination, and other mitigation measures,” the agency said in a statement.
Tucked in the CDC order on Title 42:
In July “due to an influx of single adults at the SWB, ICE ceased intake of family units at 1 of the FSCs & began to transition the facility to hold single adults. With this transition, the…FSC capacity for family units is approx. 1,800.”
— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) August 3, 2021
The restrictions will be re-evaluated every 60 days as the pandemic progresses and potential risks change, according to the CDC. (RELATED: Border Officials Encountered 21-Year Record High Number Of Migrants In July: REPORT)
The public health order, Title 42, was implemented in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has been used to rapidly expel more than 750,000 migrants since October 2020, according to CBP. Preliminary data suggests border officials encountered around 210,000 migrants at the southern border in July, up from nearly 190,000 in June, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.
“The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a larger-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts, which means that total encounters somewhat overstate the number of unique individuals arriving at the border,” CBP said in a statement.
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