The Biden Administration confirmed its support of a law put in place by the Trump Administration deporting undocumented immigrants regardless of vaccination status.
Jen Psaki, U.S. White House Press Secretary, said at a press conference Wednesday that the law, Title 42, “remains in place.”
This law allows only fully vaccinated immigrants with “proper documentation” to enter the U.S.
This means that currently any undocumented immigrants, besides unaccompanied children, will not be able to seek asylum in the U.S. and can be deported immediately regardless of vaccination status.
Without Title 42, undocumented immigrants would at least be given the opportunity to seek asylum in the U.S.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this ban will be lifted once there is no longer a danger of people who aren’t U.S. citizens bringing Covid-19 into the country when they cross the border. There has not be specifications of what parameters that includes.
Former President Donald Trump originally introduced Title 42 in March 2020, deporting more than 1 million migrants under this law.
With potentially some hope, senior administration officials said Tuesday the U.S. is planning to reopen borders with Canada and Mexico in early November.
Unfortunately, for those undocumented immigrants in the U.S., there still is a lot unknown of what will happen to them and their families.
With more access to affordable healthcare, undocumented immigrants would be able to more readily get vaccinated and avoid this issue, helping not only their own livelihoods but the livelihoods of American citizens.