Biden preserves Trump’s Title 42, which makes migrants easy prey for organized crime

Asylum-seeking migrant families wait to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in Roma, Texas, U.S., April 27, 2021. Photo by REUTERS/Go Nakamura

The Biden administration came in with a promise to undo the harsh immigration policies of the Trump era. But it’s still using one of the most controversial ones: Title 42, which was put in place around the start of the pandemic. 

Title 42 closed the border to all nonessential travel and authorized the expulsion of asylum seekers without due process. It’s left migrants and their families vulnerable to kidnapping and extortion by criminal gangs. 

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