The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently announced that it would be ending Title 42, a deportation policy that was previously put into place by former President Trump. Title 42 gives the government the power to deport or expel migrants due to public health emergencies. This policy was used during the COVID-19 pandemic to expel over 1 million migrants from the U.S.’s southern border.
DHS has said that it is preparing to end Title 42 on May 23rd, 2022. The agency is now preparing to handle up to 18,000 border apprehensions per day once the policy is ended. This is compared to the current number of about 7,000 border apprehensions per day. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claims that DHS and border patrol can handle the increase in numbers of immigrants attempting to cross the U.S.’s southern borders.
While the policy is set to end May 23rd, many in the U.S. government are calling for it to stay in place until a suitable substitute can be found. Time will tell if the policy is ended or not by the supposed deadline.
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