A federal judge has directed President Joe Biden’s administration to stop using a public health rule that has blocked thousands of migrant families from entering the US during the coronavirus pandemic.
US District Judge Emmet Sullivan has barred the federal government from expelling migrants under Title 42, a provision under the Public Health Service Act and initially invoked during Donald Trump’s presidency but kept in place under the Biden administration.
The order takes effect in 14 days.
Title 42 provisions were challenged by a group of civil rights and immigration advocacy groups including the ACLU, Texas Civil Rights Project, RAICES, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies and Oxfam.
Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a statement that Mr Biden “should have ended this cruel and lawless policy long ago, and the court was correct to reject it today.”