Court Temporarily Blocks Biden’s Rescinding of Title 42, Moody Celebrates Legal Victory

By Lydia Nusbaum, Florida's Voice

April 26, 2022 Updated 11:42 AM ET

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April 26, 2022 Updated 11:42 A.M. ET

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said she is “thrilled” a federal judge in Louisiana granted a temporary restraining order to block the Biden Administration from ending Title 42. 

The Title 42 Order, issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, gives border agents the ability to expel migrants attempting to enter the U.S. who traveled from a country where a communicable disease is present. 

The Biden Administration had planned to lift the order May 23rd. 

However, a lawsuit originally filed by Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona argued that rescinding Title 42 would prompt mass migration at the U.S. border and overwhelm federal authorities. Florida and other suits joined the other Attorneys General in the suit. 

“People across the political spectrum agree that ending Title 42 will be disastrous. I am thrilled the court is siding with the states and preventing thousands of unvetted migrants from entering the U.S,” Moody said on Twitter. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the order was no longer necessary. 

“After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC Director has determined that an Order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

The announcement was met with harsh criticism from Republicans and Democrats who said there is a “historic” surge of migrant encounters at the border. 

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