Biden under fire to cancel controversial border policy Title 42

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This image shows asylum-seekers being deported from the United States back to Mexico under Title 42 at the Paso Del Norte International Bridge in El Paso, Texas on September 1, 2021. (Photo by AFP)

Advocates of asylum-seekers rights are mounting pressure on US President Joe Biden to end former President Donald Trump’s controversial border policy.

The United States has announced that it would continue Chapter 42 known by the media as Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy.

The move comes despite the administration's plan to ease border travel for those traveling from Mexico and Canada after spending more than 16 months harassing wealthy border regions that rely heavily on the cross-border routes for their economy.

They want Biden to scrap the Trump-era policy referred to as Article 42 that allows the authorities for swift expulsion of refugees without the chance to seek asylum.

Meanwhile, critics of Article 42 argue that the restrictions on the border were imposed to enforce a refugee law that was first introduced in practice in the past.

“That the Biden administration would lift restrictions on nonessential travel while continuing to deny asylum hearings to desperate families is appalling and further illustrates just how little things have changed since the Trump administration," Lee Gelernt,  the lawyer for American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) advocacy group told The Hill.

“The Biden administration is legally required, and morally obligated, to provide asylum hearings,” he said.

Refugees' rights activists maintain that Washington misuses Title 42 as a tool to justify its crackdown on refugees.

"Reporting made clear that under the Trump administration Title 42 was really being driven by people that wanted to end asylum in the Trump White House," said Ahilan Arulanantham, co-director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law..

Biden, who during the presidential election campaign promised a more humane approach to refugees compared to his rival, has kept the order in place and recently extended it.

Rights organizations say Washington's move benefits drug cartels who claim that they are the only reliable means for people to enter the US.

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