- May 9, 2023
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject : International Relations
Section: International conventions
- The COVID restrictions, known as Title 42, will expire at the US-Mexico border; it was initially enacted by the former President of the United States Donald Trump in March 2020.
Details of Title 42 Law
- “Title 42” is a public health order that was invoked by the Trump administration in March 2020 to expel most migrants caught at the U.S.-Mexico border without allowing them to seek asylum.
- The order was based on the premise that migrants posed a risk of spreading COVID-19 in detention facilities and communities. However, many critics argued that Title 42 was a pretext to restrict immigration and violate human rights.
- Recently, the USA President announced lifting Title 42. This means that migrants who cross the border will be able to request asylum, a legal right under U.S. and international law.
- The administration expects a surge in border crossings, as many migrants have been waiting in Mexico or other countries for a chance to enter the U.S.
- The end of Title 42 marks a significant shift in U.S. border policy, with humanitarian and political implications.
- On one hand, it restores the right to seek asylum for thousands of people fleeing violence, persecution and poverty in their home countries.
- On the other hand, it poses a challenge for the administration to manage the influx of migrants, while balancing public health concerns, human rights obligations and public opinion.