Supreme Court Justice John Roberts on Monday issued an order temporarily halting the lifting of Title 42, a public health authority that has helped to stem the record-high surge of migrants illegally crossing the border.
President Joe Biden’s administration continues to insist the border is secure even as the crisis keeps getting worse.
Daily border crossings have remained near record highs, NBC News reported earlier this month.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection last month reported an all-time high 230,000 border encounters in October.
- Biden officials have predicted the situation is only going to get worse: In November, the Department of Homeland Security projected that the number of migrants entering the country would double after the Trump-era Title 42 ended.
Under growing pressure — including from Democratic leaders like New York City Mayor Eric Adams and California Gov. Gavin Newsom — the White House has continued to publicly downplay the border crisis.
- Earlier this month, the president told a reporter he was eschewing a trip to the border during a visit to Arizona because “there are more important things going on.”
- However, the administration is considering a “transit ban” on asylum seekers similar to the one implemented by his predecessor, NBC News reported Monday.