Country launched process to end Title 42
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Nelson José Peña, 51, from Venezuela, rests his sprained ankle, which he injured while crossing the Darien Gap on his way to the US-Mexico border (REUTERS/Paul Ratje/File)
The United States launched a plan to end Title 42, a health regulation used to expressly expel migrants who arrive at the southern border under the pretext of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.
Tuesday's announcement comes after a federal judge gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) a five-week deadline to suspend the rule.
“We are activating our plans” for when Title 42 is lifted, DHS Acting Assistant Secretary Blas Nuñez-Neto said on a call with reporters.
When this regulation put in place by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) is suspended, Title 8 will apply, which allows migrants to request asylum at ports of entry and gives the power to the Government to deport and even impose penalties on those who do not meet the requirements and are considered inadmissible
The Executive's plans include measures to reduce processing times, apply reprisals to those who cross the border illegally and work with governments in the region, including Mexico, to deal with coyotes and human traffickers, Núñez explained.
“There are more than 23,000 agents at the border and we have significantly increased our detention capacity to be able to transport migrants and deport them,” the official said.
Nuñez also announced that, as part of its preparation, the Joe Biden Administration is in talks with governments in the region to be able to deport Venezuelans to third countries.
“Third countries have historically been used to repatriate Venezuelans and it is something that we are going to continue doing,” said the official.
A Venezuelan migrant prepares to board a boat that will take him to the border with Panama, on October 6, 2022, in Necocli (Colombia) (EFE/Mauricio Dueñas Castañeda/File)
The US does not have diplomatic relations with Venezuela and in early October the Biden government reached an agreement with Mexico to be able to expel migrants from this South American country who arrive at the southern border.
Last week, federal judge Emmet Sullivan, of the District of Columbia, issued a ruling forcing the government to end Title 42, which it called “arbitrary and capricious.”
Title 42 originates from a law century, designed to stop the “introduction” of contagious diseases into the United States. Under the pretext of this regulation, the US does not allow migrants to apply for asylum when they arrive in its territory and are expelled from the country by fast track.
The main difference between regulations is that the Title 8 obliges the authorities to transfer the undocumented to detention centers for several hours where they can request asylum, while Title 42 allows deportation to be resolved in 15 minutes and without space for asylum.
of Biden at a time when there are record arrests of undocumented migrants on the border with Mexico.
In October alone there were 230,000 arrests on the US-Mexico border, with more than 78,400 expulsions from US territory.
Under Title 42, the US has expelled more than 2.5 million migrants, according to data from the International Rescue Committee.
(With information from EFE)
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