Federal Judge Blocks Biden Administration’s Plan to Release Migrants on Parole

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The lifting of an emergency immigration restriction known as Title 42 has prompted concerns of a surge in migrants trying to enter the United States. To address this issue, the Biden administration proposed a plan to release migrants on “parole,” but this plan has been blocked by a federal judge in Florida.

U.S. District Judge T. Kent Wetherell, nominated by former President Donald Trump, wrote that the Biden administration’s policy of granting parole conflicted with a decision made earlier this year by the court in a separate case. Wetherell’s ruling would go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.

Wetherell also expressed concern about the current state of the Southwest Border, which he described as “out of control” for the past two years. He warned that the situation would worsen with the lifting of Title 42.

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To manage the expected surge of migrants, U.S. Customs and Border Protection planned to parole some individuals without notice to appear documents, which can take additional time to prepare. However, the Department of Homeland Security informed the court on Thursday that Border Patrol did not have the resources to handle the level of encounters currently occurring across the Southwest Border. Furthermore, Congress had provided less than half of the $4.9 billion that DHS requested to prepare for the lifting of Title 42.

Title 42, which was initially imposed during the Trump administration, allowed for the more rapid expulsion of migrants during a public health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Biden administration lifted the public health emergency on Thursday.

President Biden acknowledged earlier in the week that the situation at the border would be “chaotic.” He assured reporters that his administration was doing everything possible to prepare for the expected surge of migrants.

The impact of Wetherell’s ruling remains unclear, but the administration is expected to appeal. In March, the Supreme Court was set to hear arguments in another case challenging the end of Title 42, but the case was removed from its calendar after the Biden administration announced the end of the emergency.

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