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Supreme Court temporarily blocks end to pandemic-era border restrictions

A group of migrants is processed by Texas National Guard after crossing the Rio Grande as U.S. border cities are bracing for an influx of asylum seekers when COVID-19-era Title 42 migration restrictions are set to end, in Eagle Pass, Texas, U.S. December 19, 2022. REUTERS/Jordan Vonderhaar

Chief Supreme Court Justice John Roberts on Monday at the request of Republican officials in 19 states temporarily blocked the Biden administration from later this week ending a pandemic-era policy of rapidly expelling migrants caught at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Republican officials led by the attorneys general in Arizona and Louisiana on Monday asked the Supreme Court to act after a federal appeals court on Friday declined to put on hold a judge’s ruling last month that invalidated an emergency order known as Title 42. The policy is set to expire Wednesday.

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