Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2022. 11:56 am CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The United States government is preparing to roll out pandemic-era immigration restrictions for Cuban, Nicaraguan and Haitian migrants, Reuters reports.
The policy, known as Title 42, was originally implemented in March 2020 and was geared towards reducing the spread of COVID-19 by allowing border patrol agents to expel migrants found trying to cross into the US via the southern border, back into Mexico before they can seek asylum.
Reports are that the new rules for Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Haitians, which could come into effect before the end of the week, would be based on a program already being used for Venezuelan migrants, which allows up to 24,000 Venezuelans outside the United States to apply to enter the country by air through “humanitarian parole” if they have U.S. sponsors.
The police targeting these specific groups of migrants follows a US Supreme Court decision earlier this week to keep Title 42 in place. Authorities have the option of expelling migrants under another policy, Title 8; however, the process associated with Title 8 is more formal and takes considerably longer.
Reuters notes that U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a record 2.2 million migrants at the southwest border in the 2022 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, and that over a million of them were rapidly expelled under Title 42, which was issued by former President Donald Trump.
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