NOW: Supreme Court Stops Biden Cold

United States Supreme Court Justices

( – The United States Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration must keep in force Title 42, the Trump-era policy for expelling illegal immigrants on public health grounds, for at least several more months after a liberal judge had ordered it nixed.

Title 42 was adopted in March 2020, at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, by the administration of then-President Donald Trump.

Since then, it has been used by the US authorities to expel quickly roughly 2.5 million illegal immigrants.

Close to 6 million illegal aliens have come to the United States since Democrat Joe Biden became president two years ago – including an estimated more than 1 million gotaways.

In November, a liberal judge based in Washington, DC, ruled in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union to kill Title 42, setting December 21 as its expiration date.

However, on Tuesday, the US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of extending Title 42 for the duration of a lawsuit by 19 Republican-led US states appealing the decision to terminate the policy.

The close Supreme Court vote agreed with the request of 19 Republican attorneys-general to block Title 42’s expiration while deciding whether they are entitled to challenge the Washington, DC-based judge’s ruling.

The GOP-led states insist that the ending of Title 42 would spike even higher the already sky-high border crossings. A recent estimate from border authorities forecasted that without Title 42, the US would receive 500,000 illegal immigrants per month, up from about 200,000 per month.

Before Tuesday’s ruling, on December 19, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, had issued a temporary administrative stay preventing Title 42’s expiration.

All three liberal Supreme Court Justices – Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Kentaji Brown Jackson – voted against preserving Title 42. One of the six conservatives – Justice Neil Gorsuch – also joined them.

President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security has made clear its position that Title 42 should be ended because of how the COVID-19 pandemic has developed and replaced with a new public health ordinance on illegal immigration.

However, conservative critics fear any new policy would be much softer on illegal immigration.

The Biden administration has not proposed any measures to tackle a likely surge of illegals if Title 42 gets lifted.

Meanwhile, what had been billed as a bipartisan immigration bill has been blocked in Congress and is unlikely to be revived as the new Congress with the GOP-dominated House convenes next month.

“The Democrats have lost the messaging war on this,” commented Charles Foster, a Texas-based immigration lawyer, an independent and immigration policy adviser to former Republican President George W. Bush.

“The tragedy is, Democrats more than anyone should focus on this issue because unless and until it can be fixed, and the perception changes, we’ll get nothing ever through Congress,” he added.