Title 42 is just a pretext to make things harder for asylum seekers. It needs to go.

Sometimes you have to call a pretext a pretext.

That’s what Title 42 always was, a COVID-19 pandemic-related excuse to get rid of the problem of asylum seekers at our southern border.

The legalese was crafted during the presidential administration of Donald Trump, during the darkest days of the viral plague that has killed more than a million Americans, and it seemed like a good excuse at the time to have in place a presidential order keeping poor people fleeing tyranny from seeking refuge here.

It also seemed like an easy thing to campaign against for Joe Biden. But the current administration has kept Title 42 in place, the same as it has the economically insane Chinese tariffs put in place by Trump, campaigned against by Biden — and yet maintained to this day.

You might say that there’s campaigning and then there’s governing, but that doesn’t make it right.

A federal judge last week ended — “vacated” — the Title 42 policy allowing the Border Patrol to quickly turn away migrants without letting them seek asylum, getting rid of the Trump policy that soon enough turned into the Biden policy.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington, D.C., said that Title 42 ran against the federal Administrative Procedures Act, and so struck down the policy and stopped the Biden administration from using it to turn away migrants.

Title 42 isn’t really about keeping COVID out of the United States. COVID is very much here already, and will be for some years to come. It’s about dealing politically with the sensitive fact that historically — like it or not — our nation has been one that welcomes people fleeing repression around the world. Easy for us to say bully for that — a policy that has made our nation stronger, not weaker.

Not so easy for two very …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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