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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a hold on the ending of Title 42, the public health order that barred asylum seekers from entering the country. The move won praise from Republicans across the country as Title 42 halts the excesses of an uncontrolled border crisis.

The hold on Title 42 was confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Marsha (Catron) Espinosa who wrote that DHS will comply: “As required by today’s Supreme Court order, the Title 42 public health order will remain in effect and individuals who attempt to enter the United States unlawfully will continue to be expelled to Mexico or their home country.”

“People should not listen to the lies of smugglers who take advantage of vulnerable migrants, putting lives at risk,” the assistant secretary added, as reported by Fox News. “The border is not open, and we will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws.”

In response to the ruling, Rep.-elect Monica De La Cruz (R-TX), who represents a district in the Rio Grande Valley, said that the ruling was a welcome decision to “maintain Title 42, but the status quo is unsustainable. We need a long-term solution to our border crisis that protects American communities, holds the cartels accountable, and restores order to the border.”

Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) called on the Biden Administration to take immediate action, however, in the interim the Texan said that state resources will continue to be used to secure the border. 

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“Title 42 remains for now. It’s long past time for Biden to secure the border. Texas won’t wait for him to act,” the governor wrote on Twitter. “Texas National Guard & [the Texas Department of Public Safety continue to secure the border & stop the flow of deadly drugs, weapons, & people into our country.”


Another Texan, Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote that President Biden’s actions to terminate the policy were illegal: “Today, SCOTUS handed Texas and the USA a huge victory by allowing Title 42 to remain in place after Biden illegally tried to terminate this critical policy. I will continue to fight at every turn and do everything in my power to help secure our border and keep Texans safe.”

Similar sentiments were shared by Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) who said that more needed to be done on a federal level to stop the devastating humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Today’s Title 42 stay from the Supreme Court is much needed but the Biden administration must do more to secure our southern border,” the Virginian wrote, adding, “Too many lives are ruined as a result of the fentanyl crisis, enabled by the open border, and we need action now.”

While Republican officials praised SCOTUS for keeping the public health order in place to limit the flow of migrants entering the country, the ACLU disagreed: “The Supreme Court has allowed Title 42, which was set to end this month, to remain in place temporarily while litigation continues. This decision allows our government to continue unlawfully expelling people seeking asylum. This cruel policy must end.”

The end of Title 42 will bring an influx of thousands of migrants into the country each week. The border crisis has worsened under President Biden but thanks to policies enacted during the Trump Administration, Americans haven’t seen the worst of what could come if Title 42 is ended.

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