U.S. Sens. Sinema and Kelly ask DHS how it's preparing for the end of Title 42

Published: Monday, November 28, 2022 - 5:25pm
Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 8:25am

U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are asking the Department of Homeland Security how it is preparing for the end of Title 42. The pandemic-era policy restricts asylum at the border on public health grounds and set to come to a court-mandated end in December.

In a letter sent to DHS, Sinema, Kelly and fellow Democratic Sens. John Tester and Maggie Hassan say that change comes as record levels of migration are pushing shelters in Arizona and other states to beyond capacity. 

They argue those resources could become even more scarce after Title 42 ends and say DHS should work with local governments and aid groups to make the transition more smooth.

The protocol has been used to turn more than a million migrants and asylum seekers back across the border since being implemented in the spring of 2020.

Earlier this month, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., sided with the ACLU, which filed suit arguing Title 42 was enacted as an immigration enforcement tool, rather than to protect public health during the pandemic. The protocol is set to end Dec. 21.

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