The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is continuing to prepare for the end of the Title 42 public health order, which is currently being processed in accordance with multiple court rulings, as well as the eventual return to processing all noncitizens according to Title 8 immigration authority.
New enforcement measures are intended to help improve border security, limit irregular migration and create additional safe processes for those fleeing humanitarian crises to come into the U.S. lawfully, according to a Jan. 5 news release.
“We can provide humanitarian relief consistent with our values, cut out vicious smuggling organizations and enforce our laws,” Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in the release. “Individuals without a legal basis to remain in the United States will be subject to prompt expulsion or removal. Individuals who are provided a safe, orderly and lawful path to the United States are less likely to risk their lives traversing thousands of miles in the hands of ruthless smugglers, only to arrive at our southern border and face the legal consequences of unlawful entry.”
Currently, due to a Dec. 27, 2022, order from the U.S. Supreme Court, in addition to a separate district court injunction prohibiting the implementation of the termination of the Title 42 public health order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Title 42 remains active. Because of this, individuals who attempt to enter the U.S. without the necessary authorization will continue to face expulsion, the release reported.