Thursday, March 10, 2022

Judge Rules Biden Overreached In Exempting Kids from Border Pandemic Policies; Courts Issue New Directives to Biden on Border Expulsions

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Judge rules Biden overreached in exempting kids from border pandemic policies:
A federal judge on Friday slammed President Biden’s decision to grant an exemption to illegal immigrant children at the border by allowing them to enter while other migrants are turned back amid the pandemic.
Judge Mark T. Pittman said the exemption makes no sense since children can spread COVID-19, too. He ordered the government to undo the exemption and treat so-called Unaccompanied Alien Children, or UACs, the same as other illegal immigrants.
The decision is the latest scorching judicial rebuke to Mr. Biden’s immigration policies, with courts finding the president’s moves filled with contradictions.
In the case of UACs, Judge Pittman said the government conceded they can spread the virus, and didn’t offer any real medical justification for why they should be treated differently than other illegal immigrants who are turned back at the border under a Trump-era pandemic emergency order, known as Title 42.
“And instead of trying to prevent UAC from spreading the viruses they are potentially carrying to the interior of the United States, the Government chose to send UAC away from the facilities where the Government could monitor them and their health,” Judge Pittman ruled.
Under Title 42, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decision, the government is supposed to turn back illegal immigrants to prevent them from introducing more cases of the coronavirus into the U.S. --->READ MORE HERE
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Courts issue new directives to Biden on border expulsions:
A federal appeals court panel in the District ruled unanimously Friday that the Biden administration may continue expelling migrant families from the United States under a pandemic public health order but not into countries where they may face persecution — citing “stomach-churning evidence” that the U.S. government has delivered people to places where they face rape, torture and even death.
Hours later, a federal judge in Texas said the Biden administration also cannot exempt children and teens traveling without a parent from the expulsion policy. Homeland Security officials decided last year that was too risky to expel children traveling alone.
The decisions — with appellate judges saying there was no evidence that the public health order known as Title 42 prevents the spread of the coronavirus, and a lower-court judge suggesting that an influx of minors was harming the state of Texas during the pandemic — intensify pressure on the Biden administration and the courts to resolve the issue. President Biden has promised to reopen the borders to asylum processing, but his administration stalled when apprehensions at the southwest border hit record highs last year. --->READ MORE HERE
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