Border restrictions could come to an end in May 2022

Biden plans to end Trump-era pandemic restrictions on the border with Mexico, which have largely blocked immigrants from entering the United States, by May 23, according to three US officials.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is finalizing its evaluation of the public health authority, known as Title 42, according to CDC spokeswoman Kathleen Conley, and is expected to announce a decision this week on whether to revoke, modify or extend the authority.

The Biden administration has been under mounting pressure from Democrats and immigrant advocates to end public health authority, which critics say was never justified by science and puts immigrants in danger.

Former President Donald Trump invoked the authority at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that was immediately met with skepticism by immigrant advocates, public health experts and even administration officials who believed it was politically motivated. . However, the Biden administration continued to rely on Title 42 despite the objections of its allies.

According to data from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), since March 2020, 1.7 million migrants have been sent back to Mexico or their country of origin.

Managing the US-Mexico border is a politically precarious issue for President Joe Biden ahead of the midterm elections as Republicans criticize the administration for its immigration agenda. Over the past year, Biden has already dealt with an influx of unaccompanied migrant children and a surge of migrants in Del Rio, Texas, resulting in thousands of people under a bridge.

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