A regulation in the USA criticized by human rights activists enables accelerated deportation procedures with reference to the pandemic. President Biden wanted to overturn it – and failed for the time being.

A pandemic-related regulation restricting immigration from Mexico to the United States remains in place for the time being.

A Louisiana judge ordered the rule, which President Joe Biden’s administration plans to expire next Monday, to remain in effect for the time being. The legal dispute over the controversial regulation has not yet been settled. The US government may appeal the judge’s decision.

The regulation of the US health authority CDC, known as “Title 42”, enabled the authorities to quickly deport most of the migrants who had entered the country illegally, citing pandemic-related health risks. It was put into effect under the then President Donald Trump at the beginning of the corona pandemic and used to largely seal off the borders.

Under Trump’s successor Joe Biden, the regulation was initially only suspended for unaccompanied minors. The CDC finally announced in late March that it would be scrapping it, effective May 23.

Human rights organizations had called for an end to the restrictions and accused the government of using the pandemic as an excuse to blanketly deport people without adequate scrutiny and court hearings. Several Republican-governed states, on the other hand, had taken legal action against the abolition of the regulation, arguing, among other things, that lifting the requirement would lead to a large influx of illegal migrants.