Philadelphia, USA, October 0 (IPS) – Last month, asylum-seeking families on the U.S.-Mexico border appeared to have won, albeit temporarily, their last-ditch bidding for security in the United States. It was also a victory for evidence-based public health policy. .
The 1,9554-mile-long southern border has always been a magnet for controversy, with deep political divisions. During Donald Trump’s presidency, xenophobia grew dramatically around anti-immigrant rhetoric and immigration and immigration.
Starting in 2016 under the previous administration, thousands of immigrant families who came to the southern border were told by immigration officials that they would have to stay in Mexico for their asylum decision instead of the United States.
With a long wait for their asylum cases to be processed, families caught in this legal instability were forced to make temporary settlements in Mexican border towns, many of which were controlled by cartels. Life in this settlement is violent, unstable and poor.
In March 2020, then-Vice President Mike Pence instructed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the southern border, overlaying the agency’s scientists. The CDC has called for the OK2, the title of the Public Health Services Act, to give federal health officials the power to take extraordinary measures to limit the spread of infectious diseases.
In reality, the “extraordinary measures” did not apply equally to all travelers entering the United States, including travelers who may be infected with the SARS-Cove-2 virus. These measures were not calibrated where the Cavid-1 cases were most prevalent.
These scatter shot measures have no meaningful effect on the epidemic in this country. Instead, they prey on immigrants trying to enter the United States from Mexico, including asylum seekers.
Despite this promise that his administration would show respect to science, the CDC Title 42 Order has been renewed under the Biden administration. Public health leaders, human rights lawyers and former CDC officials and academics have repeatedly called on the CDC to stop using Title 42 in favor of an evidence-based approach that could protect immigrants and the American public from COVID-19 infection. UN officials have expressed concern that the expulsions could violate U.S. obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention.
Even the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. “Immigrants are not the driving force behind it, let’s face the reality here,” Anthony Fawcett, headlined on October 2 and October, said of the recent Covid-1 sur growth.
Whatever the CDC’s argument, one thing is clear: this policy enables deep and irreparable harm to immigrant families and single adults. If forcibly sent back to Mexico, they would again be at the mercy of the fierce Mexican cartel they were so desperate to escape.
If not from the CDC, then hope has come from the judiciary. On September 16, 2021, a federal district court judge in the District of Columbia approved a proposal to reject Title 42 and ordered a ban on expulsion of immigrant families, saying, “In light of the availability of tests, vaccines and other broad availability Infection with Covid-1 of cannot be significantly reduced.
The CDC was once touted for its apolitical, evidence-based public health policy. Sadly, it is no more. The first step in restoring the CDC’s tarnished reputation is to repeal the CDC’s Title 42 Order. This will start the delayed process of bringing the CDC back to its role as an example in formulating public health policy rather than providing cover for xenophobic immigration policy.
Beyond Title 42, the CDC must work with the American public to restore its reputation and regain our trust. It is urgent in the current public health emergency and in future crises. It will be a long, arduous process, but without it, the consequences to public health will be invaluable.
The order rejecting title reject2 was supposed to take effect from September0 September, but the appellate court stayed the judge’s order on October 1, allowing border officials to deport immigrants. Behind this legal backlash, the question that has puzzled us is: Who are these measures to protect? The COVID epidemic in the United States will continue and immigration policy will retreat regardless.
The CDC is turning its attention to immigrants as well as science. More broadly, the Biden administration is not listening to scientists despite its promise to return to science-based, humane, decision-making. It was not too late to rebuild faith in science, immigrants and their contributions to America and the American people they hope to be a part of.
Jamil Teles Lieberman A Doctor of Public Health candidate from Drexel School of Public Health at Drexel University and a Global Alliance for Training in Health Equity (GATHER) Fellow.
Joe Aman He is the World Health Director at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and a former director of the Human Rights Watch health program.
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