SANTA FE, NM (AP) — The U.S. government said Wednesday it is appealing a court ruling that would otherwise lift asylum restrictions that have become a cornerstone of border enforcement in recent years.
The enforcement rule first went into effect in March 2020, denying migrants the right to seek asylum under U.S. and international law on the grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The Department of Homeland Security said it would file an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenging a November ruling by U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan that ordered President Joe Biden’s administration to lift asylum restrictions.
The restrictions were put in place under former President Donald Trump at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The practice was authorized under Title 42 of a broader 1944 law covering public health and has been used to deport migrants more than 2.4 million times.
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