Biden’s Lift of Title 42 Makes 3 Republican States Sue

Celeste Arbelaeaz, Broadcast Journalism

On April 1, 2022, the Biden administration declared that there would be a lift on Title 42. This was a last resort to help Ukranians seek asylum faster. This has caused so much controversy that three states, Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri, decided to sue the Biden Administration.

Title 42 was created as part of the U.S Public Health Services Act of 1944. It blocks the way for people who are seeking refuge from threatening situations. It was rarely used but put into place again during COVID, the target of this was to protect public health and it was put in place during the Trump Administration in March 2020. 


Due to the backlash of the lift, Missouri, Louisiana, and Arizona have taken action to try and prevent this order from taking place. They argue that putting an end to the pandemic-era limits will lead to an all time high of incoming migrants at the U.S Southern border. 


As a result of all this commotion, Senator Bill Hagerty took to Twitter and stated, “By eliminating Title 42, the Biden Administration is sending a  ‘come one, come all’  message to would-be migrants and smugglers to an already overwhelmed system.” He continued to emphasize that the lift was a mistake.


 The Republican Minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, states, “Today’s decision confirms that President Biden has abdicated his responsibilities and is actively working to make the border crisis worse.”  


Even with the amount of backlash from these three states, the Biden Administration is firm with its decision of lifting Title 42 on May 23, 2022. The reaction from other states is yet to be known. Other Republican states have publicly disagreed with the decision, but time will tell if they try to prevent this change from happening.


Lee Borcherding