On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court temporarily halted the termination of Title 42 while an emergency appeal filed by 19 Republican-led states waits to be heard by the Court in February.
The emergency appeal was a request that the Justices uphold Title 42, which is a pandemic policy put in place by former president Trump that allows for the expeditious deportation of migrants who enter the country illegally. The states that filed the appeal are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Three liberal justices and conservative Neil Gorsuch voted against the stay, bringing the total vote to 5-4 in favor of halting Title 42. The Court agreed to hear oral arguments for the emergency application in February with a decision as to whether or not the states can intervene to be due by the end of June. The stay will be kept in place until a ruling has been issued.
Title 42 was originally set to be lifted by President Biden on May 23rd, but a Trump-appointed judge prevented the policy from being lifted until the end of this year.
The emergency application was filed amid rising concerns that the end of Title 42 would bring a flood of illegal migrants across the US southern border, overwhelming many of the cities they have been sent to. More than 5 million illegal border crossers have already entered the country since Joe Biden took office in January 2021, with more than 1 million "gotaways" already living in the US. The next few months could prove critical for major US cities to prepare for the mass migration that will occur in June, if the justices rule to end Title 42.
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