A federal judge has blocked the end of the Trump administration era Title 42 border policy that allowed illegal immigrants to be expelled to their country of origin, according to a report by The Daily Wire.
News broke just days ago that the Biden administration was planning on ending the policy put in place in March of 2020 that allowed more rights for Customs and Border Patrol to remove those who entered the country without the proper immigration process.
Judge Robert Summerhays of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana ruled that a temporary injunction be put in place after a suit was brought by the attorneys general of multiple states, including Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who announced the ruling on Monday afternoon.
Schmitt said that the Trump-era policy would remain in place:
“In a lawsuit originally filed by Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona, our Office just obtained a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place. This is a huge victory for border security, but the fight continues on,” Schmitt said.
Missouri joined at least 20 other states last week in their legal challenge against the Biden Administration, who put in place a function to end Title 42 on May 23, just weeks from now, in a move that would likely cause a sharp spike in illegal immigration.
“The Court discussed the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order [ECF No. 24] filed by Plaintiffs. For the reasons stated on the record, the Court announced its intent to grant the motion. The parties will confer regarding the specific terms to be contained in the Temporary Restraining Order and attempt to reach an agreement,” Summerhays wrote, according to CNN.
BREAKING NEWS: In a lawsuit originally filed by Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona, our Office just obtained a temporary restraining order to keep Title 42 in place. This is a huge victory for border security, but the fight continues on.
— Attorney General Eric Schmitt (@AGEricSchmitt) April 25, 2022
The decision to keep the policy in place was widely supported by Republicans and even some border-state Democrats, including Arizona’s Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who said she believes that the failure at the border is causing issues for her electorate.
“Arizona communities bear the brunt of the federal government’s failure at our border, so we’re stepping in and protecting border communities by ensuring the Administration works hand-in-hand with local leaders, law enforcement, and non-profits to put a comprehensive, workable plan in place before lifting Title 42,” she said.