Immigration advocates have urged the White House to rescind the order to no avail, arguing that it has no health basis and puts migrants in harm’s way.
“The Title 42 order has no basis in public health and the CDC is allowing itself to be used to justify mass expulsions of asylum seekers in violation of US and international refugee law to harm’s way,” Robyn Barnard, senior advocacy counsel for Human Rights First, told CNN. “This policy of expelling asylum seekers is a stain on US history and it is now part of the President and Vice President’s legacy.”
Biden administration officials are weighing offering vaccines to migrants at the US-Mexico border, but previous attempts have been shot down by the White House. The CDC, meanwhile, will continue to assess the order every 60 days.