Title 42 was established during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 20, 2020. Its aim was to halt the spread of the disease and allow border patrol immigration authorities to swiftly expel many immigrants at the land border of the United States, both in Mexico and Canada. This was argued based on the health risks these individuals posed and because they could evade medical detection measures.
Although there were attempts to end it sooner, Title 42 was extended and remained in effect until May 11, 2023. Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Immigration Law is in force, and the Department of Homeland Security has been clear that it will enforce the immigration law. It is important to note that the border is not open to illegal or irregular immigration. Immigration laws remain strict, even after the termination of Title 42.
Under Title 8, migrants who enter the United States illegally can be arrested and processed for quick deportation. The Department of Homeland Security has said it will enforce the law and place individuals in removal proceedings and deport those who do not have grounds to remain in the United States. It is crucial to seek legal advice and explore legal avenues to come to the United States before risking life at the border and exposing oneself to difficult situations.
It’s common for many people who come not to always be eligible to stay in the United States. People entering U.S. territory may be in an asylum process or have a work permit, but even so, it’s necessary to seek legal advice and know the best ways to migrate in an orderly and legal manner to U.S. territory.