Immigrants Evade Trump’s Title 42

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On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Title 42 would temporarily remain active until the case was heard in court. Despite the Trump-era measure remaining in place, there are hundreds of migrants in northern Mexico who have been working to cross into the United States.

Title 42, a pandemic-era measure, was meant to expire on Dec. 21, but at the last minute, a legal state allowed the measure to remain in place. Despite this many immigrants have decided that there isn’t much that they can lose by crossing the border.

After days spent in border cities, many groups of migrants have decided to try and enter the country instead of waiting to see what their options would be based on what occurs in a U.S. court.

Jhonata, a Venezuelan migrant said, “we ran, and we hid until we managed to make it.” The migrant entered the border from the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez into El Paso, Texas along with his wife and five children who range in age from 3 to 16.

Jhonatan, who did not want to disclose his full name, said that they had spent several months in Mexico as they had not wanted to enter the country illegally. He told Reuters though that the idea of being sent back to Venezuela after the dangerous trip to get there was more than he was willing to bear.

The arguments on whether or not Title 42 should stay in place will be heard during February’s session and the ruling is expected to come out by the end of June.