Detroit Today: How the end of Title 42 affects US immigration policies

The emergency policy, invoked by President Trump in 2020, allowed for quicker processing and expulsion of migrants at the border.

Late last week, several news outlets were predicting that many immigrants would try to enter the country. As of today, that didn’t happen.

The anticipation was a result of Title 42, which helped curb immigration to the U.S., ending at 11:59 p.m. last Thursday. The COVID-19 era emergency order allowed for quicker processing and expulsion of migrants at the border.

As a result of the policy ending, there’s a new wave of uncertainty around the migration process.

Listen: Discussing the problems with our immigration system


Maya Barak is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She says Trump era immigration policies didn’t uniquely disrupt immigrant families, but rather that families are constantly being fractured through the immigration process.

“We are separating families every day in our immigration system. And this separation is happening over extensive periods of time,” says Barak.

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