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A federal judge is expected to determine the fate of the Biden administration’s plan to lift Title 42 within days in response to a lawsuit brought by two dozen Republican states that claims lifting the public health order will lead to a bigger crisis at the southern border.
Judge Robert Summerhays of the Western District of Louisiana heard arguments Friday about the request for a preliminary injunction on the Biden administration’s plan to end Title 42 May 23.
The public health order, enacted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to expel a majority of migrants at the southern border.
Republicans and some Democrats have warned that the already massive numbers of migrants being encountered at the border could surge if the order is lifted. It will also lead to significantly more migrants being released into the country, they say. The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged this possibility, saying it is preparing for up to 18,000 migrants a day once the order drops.
States led by Arizona, Missouri and Louisiana sued, claiming the move by the Centers for Disease Control to lift the order violated the Administrative Procedures Act, which requires a notice-and-comment period and also bars moves deemed “arbitrary and capricious.”
The lawsuit claims the administration failed to estimate or account for the costs to the states. They cite “increased health care costs for aliens infected with COVID-19 and the cost of increased illegal immigration caused by the Termination Order and the presence of much greater numbers of paroled aliens with non-meritorious asylum claims who were induced to…