Biden considers delaying Title 42 repeal


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President Biden speaks Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

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Why it matters: The White House is looking for ways to buy time to avoid a massive influx of migrants that would add to already-historic border numbers. That already endangers Democratic incumbents in states that could decide the Senate majority in November.

  • Biden officials recognize they’re in a jam: moderate Democrats are pounding on them to delay the repeal but doing so would inflame the party’s progressive base. That includes members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who are scheduled to meet with the president next Monday.
  • A full reversal of the decision to end Title 42, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 1, is considered by Biden officials to be far less likely than a delay.

Twelve leading medical and public health experts across the United States called on the Biden administration and Congress today to repeal the Title 42 border expulsions order as planned on May 23.

In response to a Tuesday Axios report that the Biden administration is considering a delay of the repeal of the order in response to political pressure, top medical and public health experts emphasized that there was never a sound scientific justification for Title 42 border expulsions, which instead result in profound health and human rights harms for asylum seekers