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Gordon praises federal court’s ruling keeping COVID restrictions at nation’s border

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol vehicle drives along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Shutterstock)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Governor Mark Gordon issued a statement Friday welcoming a federal court’s preliminary injunction to stop the Biden administration’s plan to end the Title 42 public health policy.

Wyoming joined the civil suit with 23 other states earlier this year, saying that the policy has been helpful in reducing illegal immigration.

The CDC implemented the public health law in March 2020, allowing customs officers to expel migrants back to their country of origin without being given the opportunity to seek asylum, according to the American Immigration Council.

On April 1, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the Title 42 public health order would be terminated on May 23, and those encountered at the U.S. border would be processed under standard procedures for removal outlined in Title 8.

On Friday, a judge in the Western District of Louisiana ruled that the restrictions will stay in place while the suit plays out, siding with the states’ claim that they would be harmed if the restrictions end.

The judge cited what he said were the government’s own predictions that ending the restrictions would likely increase border crossings threefold, to as many as 18,000 daily, risking contagious spread in congregate settings, the Associated Press reports.

“The record also includes evidence supporting the Plaintiff States’ position that such an increase in border crossings will increase their costs for healthcare reimbursements and education services,” U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays wrote. “These costs are not recoverable.”

Governor Gordon praised the decision as an acknowledgement of the states’ claims. 

“This ruling recognizes that all states are impacted by the Biden Administration’s failed border policies, and that the sovereignty of our country is at risk,” Gordon wrote. “This is a win for common sense and the rule of law.”