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UNHCR Calls for End to CDC Title 42 Blockade
Posted on 21 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

UNHCR, May 20, 2021, Statement attributable to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi "I appeal to the government of the United States to swiftly lift the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the border and... Read More

Tags: Title 42 , CDC

Title 42: The Misuse of Public Health to Restrict Asylum
Posted on 6 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is a link to the recording of the May 6, 2021 60-minute webinar by PHR, Physicians for Human Rights: " The Trump administration's misuse of a long-forgotten public health statute has turned the Title 42 policy into one of the most restrictive... Read More

Tags: Title 42 , CDC

Biden, Mayorkas Disappear Trafficking Victims Under Trump's Title 42 Order
Posted on 5 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vásquez, April 1st, 2021 "A man calls the Phoenix Police Department on January 29—his uncle has been kidnapped. Smugglers are holding his uncle at a drop house. They had helped his uncle, a newly arrived undocumented immigrant... Read More

Tags: ACLU , Biden , mayorkas , Title 42 , CDC

A Guide to Title 42 Expulsions at the Border
Posted on 30 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, Mar. 29, 2021 "The United States has long guaranteed the right to seek asylum to individuals who arrive at our southern border and ask for protection. But since March 20, 2020, that fundamental right has been largely suspended. Since that... Read More

Tags: Title 42 , CDC

The Invisible Wall: Title 42 and Haitian Migrants
Posted on 25 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nicole Phillips, Tom Ricker, Mar. 25, 2021 "Today, one year after the “Title 42” policy was enacted, the Haitian Bridge Alliance, Quixote Center and UndocuBlack release the report, The Invisible Wall: Title 42 and its Impacts on Haitian... Read More

Tags: Haiti , Title 42 , CDC

Title 42 Expulsion Lawsuit Update (P.J.E.S. v. Pekoske)
Posted on 1 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is the govt. brief in the P.J.E.S. v. Pekoske lawsuit, and here is the public Appendix. The Appellees brief is due March 11th . Here is the ACLU case page. Read More

Tags: ACLU , COVID-19 , CDC , border

Notice of Temporary Exception From Expulsion of Unaccompanied Noncitizen Children Pending Forthcoming Public Health Determination
Posted on 17 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 17, 2021 "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), located within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a temporary exception from expulsion for unaccompanied... Read More

CBP Deports American Citizen Babies
Posted on 3 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Felipe De La Hoz, The Intercept, Jan. 2, 2021 "U.S. Customs and Border Protection has used a controversial Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order authorizing the expulsion of asylum-seekers on supposed public health grounds to send multiple... Read More

Tags: cbp , CDC

Judge Emmet Sullivan Blocks CDC/DHS Border Expulsions: P.J.E.S. v. Wolf
Posted on 18 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

P.J.E.S. v. Wolf, Nov. 18, 2020 "Plaintiff P.J.E.S., a 15-year-old minor from Guatemala who entered the United States as an unaccompanied minor in August 2020, brings this action against Chad F. Wolf in his official capacity as Acting Secretary... Read More

Tags: DHS , CDC , border

CDC Insiders Tried to Stop the Border Blockade, But Politics Trumped Science
Posted on 4 Nov 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News, Nov. 2, 2020 "By designating them public health threats who could spread the virus, the Trump administration has expelled at least 8,800 unaccompanied migrant children, some as young as 10 , without a court hearing... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , CDC , border

Latest CDC Border Blockade Order (Oct. 13, 2020)
Posted on 14 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CDC, Oct. 13, 2020 "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the issuance of an Order suspending the right to introduce certain persons into the United States from countries where a quarantinable communicable disease exists... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , CDC , border

CA9 Denies DHS Stay Request in Flores
Posted on 5 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Flores v. Barr, Oct. 4, 2020 "The government has not satisfactorily explained why ORR’s largely empty shelters are not capable of absorbing even as many as 140 additional minors a week for short-term stays before those minors are expelled... Read More

Pence Ordered Borders Closed After CDC Experts Refused
Posted on 4 Oct 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Dearen, Garance Burke, Associated Press, Oct. 3, 2020 "Vice President Mike Pence in March directed the nation’s top disease control agency to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the U.S. borders, overruling the agency’s... Read More

Tags: Redfield , Borders , pence , CDC

CDC Border Blockade Final Rule
Posted on 11 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 177 / Friday, September 11, 2020 "The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues this final rule to amend the Foreign Quarantine Regulations administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read More

Tags: COVID-19 , CDC , border

Another Crack in CDC's Border Blockade?
Posted on 9 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 8, 2020 "The Trump administration is considering changing a pandemic-related border policy to no longer quickly return unaccompanied immigrant children to four countries that require them to test negative for... Read More

Tags: Children , CDC , asylum , border