A judge ruled Friday that Title 42, which allows illegal immigrants to be deported under Trumpp-era Covid restrictions, must remain in place for now while litigation continues.
The White House says it’s disappointed. But it’s not, because if the provision expired then there would have been a surge of illegal immigrants at the border that would have ruined the Democrats even worse than they are already ruined for the 2022 midterms.
Now President Biden can have it both ways, telling the left that his hands are tied while having a policy stay in place that is at least a bit helpful to Democrats.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released a relatively restrained statement:
The Administration disagrees with the court’s ruling, and the Department of Justice has announced that it will appeal this decision. The authority to set public health policy nationally should rest with the Centers for Disease Control, not with a single district court. However, in compliance with the court’s injunction, the Biden Administration will continue to enforce the CDC’s 2020 Title 42 public health authority pending the appeal. This means that migrants who attempt to enter the United States unlawfully will be subject to expulsion under Title 42, as well as immigration consequences such as removal under Title 8.