Everything you wanted to know about Title 42 but didn’t know to ask

Political Theater, Episode 214

The southern border wall as seen near Columbus, N.M., in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
The southern border wall as seen near Columbus, N.M., in April. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted August 19, 2021 at 2:39pm

A little known public health directive, Title 42, allows border agents to swiftly “expel” migrants who cross the border — without considering their asylum claims. It was implemented in March 2020 as COVID-19 cases spread across the U.S. This expulsion policy was criticized by presidential candidate Joe Biden, but President Biden has embraced it. At least for now.

In this week’s Political Theater podcast, guest host Suzanne Monyak unpacks the politics of this thorny immigration policy with Cris Ramón, an independent immigration consultant.

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