Judge Emmet Sullivan says the rule, which has been used to expel hundreds of thousands of people since being invoked in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, was an "arbitrary and capricious" policy that violated government procedures.
A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction of Trump-era policy, to prevent the expiration of the measure known colloquially as Title 42, which restricts asylum claims.
President Lopez Obrador warns against taking "risky" journeys to the US ahead of his tour of Central America that includes stops in three of the main countries where migrant caravans originate.
Despite softer rhetoric, in practice the Biden administration’s immigration strategy is largely an extension of punitive Trump-era policies.
The ruling is a major victory for rights groups who have been campaigning against Title 42 rules, which, under the garb of preventing the spread of Covid-19, led to the expulsion of asylum seekers without a hearing.
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