What is address 42?
In 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic reached America, the US government, which remains in charge of Donald Trump, issued an order to shut down that country’s asylum system at its border with Mexico.
The decision was subject to a public health warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), whose goal, as stated at the time, was to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“(Order) Suspension of the Right to Admit Persons to the United States from Certain Foreign Countries or Places for Purposes of Public Health (…) Suspension means the temporary suspension of the effect of any law, rule, ordinance or regulation under which any person may have the right to submit it or request its admission to the United States,” the authorization was drawn up.
However, Title 42 allowed authorities to quickly expel immigrants who were at the US land border, as well as deny them any kind of medical care. And although it had a temporary deadline due to the pandemic, the order has been extended several times.
According to the agency EFE — which cites government documents — Since this procedure was introduced, the United States has turned to Address 42 more than 1.8 million times to expel immigrants to Mexico or their countries of origin, without allowing them to file an asylum claim.
On April 1 of this year, the CDC announced plans to cancel the order, deeming it no longer necessary given current public health conditions and the increased availability of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.
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