The Biden administration told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that justices should reject an emergency offer from a group of GOP-led states to keep the controversial Trump-era border restriction known as Title 42 in place while the disputes are resolved. legal challenges.
But he also asked the court to delay ending the use of Title 42 until at least December 27, citing ongoing preparations for an influx of migrants and the upcoming holiday weekend.
The administration said states, led by Arizona, have no legal right to challenge the opinion of a federal district court that struck down the program and ordered its termination on Wednesday.
The president of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, temporarily froze that deadline on Monday and asked the parties involved in the lawsuit, the Department of Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU, for its acronym in English), to rule about.
Until the Supreme Court issues an order, which could occur at any time, although it does not have a deadline to do so, the authority will remain in effect.
Since March 2020, Title 42 allows US border agents to immediately turn away immigrants who cross the southern border illegally, in the interest of preventing covid-19. There have been nearly 2.5 million removals, the majority under the Biden administration, which has been bracing for an influx of arrivals if authority is lifted.
Joe Biden will travel to Mexico next month for the North American Leaders Summit.