(CNN) – A federal judge in Louisiana has temporarily blocked the Biden administration from ending a pandemic restriction from the Trump era on the US-Mexico border.
The Biden administration had been on track to end the public health authority, known as Title 42, on May 23, a decision that has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats. The measure allows border authorities to send migrants back to Mexico or their home countries due to the public health crisis.
Monday’s order from Judge Robert Summerhays is unlikely to change the situation on the ground as the public health authority remains in place, but it may throw a wrench into the administration’s plans going forward.
More than 20 states had asked the court to block the administration from ending section 42 and last week asked the court to intervene immediately. The Justice Department, which opposed the request, declined to comment Monday.
“The court heard the application for interim measures [ECF No. 24] filed by the applicants. For the reasons set out in the minutes, the Court of First Instance announced its intention to grant the request. The parties will consult on the specific terms that must be included in the temporary stay and try to reach an agreement, “Summerhays wrote on Monday.
“We applaud the court for approving our request for a temporary detention order to hold Title 42 in place,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement. “The Biden administration cannot continue in blatant violation of existing laws and necessary administrative procedures.”
“In a lawsuit originally filed by Missouri, Louisiana and Arizona, our office has just received a temporary stay to hold Title 42 in place. This is a huge victory for border security, but the fight continues,” Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt tweeted Monday.
Texas brought a separate case that also tried to block the end of Title 42. A federal judge in Texas has not yet ruled on the case.
This story has been updated with further details.
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