Lawmakers Outraged After Title 42 Extended?

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Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling on Title 42 got extensive praise on Twitter; however, not every user shared the belief the news was good.

On Tuesday (December 27), the United States Supreme Court ruled that Title 42 — a Trump-era policy that allowed border officials to expel asylum seekers based on health precautions — must remain in effect.

The ruling passed in a 5-4 vote, with oral arguments set for February, and the Supreme Court expected to make its final ruling by June 2023.

In a tweet, Marsha Espinosa, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs, explained that border officials would continue to enforce Title 42 and expel Migrants who attempt to enter the U.S. unlawfully.

Espinosa also warned Migrants not to listen to smugglers and others attempting to take advantage of migrants, declaring, “The border is not open.”

Conservatives welcomed the news, sharing their belief that SCOTUS did the right thing, acknowledging more needs to be done, and highlighting President Joe Biden’s ineptitude in securing the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Republican Senator Mike Lee (Utah), tweeted that the ruling would “forestall a surge of trafficking and drugs,” noting that Democrats had rejected his attempts to resolve the border crisis legislatively.

Texas’ Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton described the ruling as a “huge victory” for the U.S. and Texas.

Paxton also vowed to do everything he could to “help secure our borders and keep Texans safe.”

Others like Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R), Representative-elect Monica De La Cruz (R-TX.), and Representative-elect Nick LaLota (R-N.Y.) praised SCOTUS’ decision.

However, The American Civil Liberties Union criticized the ruling. In a tweet with over 1,500 likes, the group said the ruling prolonged the policy it described as “cruel.”
The group also expressed disappointment that the policy would enable the “government to continue unlawfully expelling people seeking asylum.”