For nearly three years, the Title 42 public health law has allowed the U.S. to quickly expel hundreds of thousands of migrants to Mexico.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed U.S. border officials to continue expelling migrants under a policy known asindefinitely, granting a petition from Republican-led states to prevent the Biden administration from immediately ending the pandemic-related measure.
The high court decided to hear a request from 19 Republican-led states who were seeking to delay the end of Title 42, which was originally set to expire on Dec. 21 because of a lower court order that found the policy to be unlawful.
The Supreme Court will now hear arguments on whether it should allow the Republican-controlled states to defend Title 42’s legality during its February 2023 session. In the meantime, the court agreed to suspend thewhich had invalidated the expulsion policy. That means Title 42 will likely remain in place for several months pending the high court’s review.