A US court is suspending the order that blocked the expulsion of migrant families with children at the border

A U.S. federal court has suspended a minor court ruling that would have forced the government to stop the expulsion of migrant families with children from the Mexican border under a health order linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

The health order known as “Title 42” was invoked at the height of the pandemic and has been criticized by migrant rights defenders and health professionals who argue that there are no health reasons to justify it and argue that it is increasing too the risks for deported migrants.

A US court is suspending the order that blocked the expulsion of migrant families with children at the border
A US court is suspending the order that blocked the expulsion of migrant families with children at the border

A Washington DC judge blocked the deportation process in mid-September, despite the court giving the government a fortnight to prepare before the measure went into effect, a deadline that expired later that Thursday.

In response to the court’s decision, the Justice Department appealed and warned of a possible surge in the number of migrants on the border with Mexico if deportations were not continued. More than 950,000 migrants have been expelled since the order was applied.

This allows the US government to continue with the expulsions while the case progresses in the courts before the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “disappoints”, according to CNN.

“It’s a first step in the appeal process. Nothing prevents the (President Joe Biden) administration from immediately overturning this dire policy from the (former President Donald) Trump era,” said Lee Gelernt, chief attorney for the ACLU.

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