Former President Donald Trump has once again asserted his commitment to addressing the issue of child trafficking, pledging to tackle the problem using the power of Title 42. Trump has been a vocal advocate against worldwide human trafficking since his presidency began in 2017, and he believes that focusing on this critical issue could solidify support for his political agenda.
Title 42, an emergency health authority, came into effect in March 2020 during Trump’s administration. Its primary purpose was to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by allowing U.S. officials to turn away migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Prior to its implementation, migrants could enter illegally, request asylum, and often be admitted into the U.S. while awaiting immigration case resolution.
Under Title 42, over 2.8 million migrants were turned away at the border, denying them the opportunity to seek asylum. Families and unaccompanied children were initially exempt from this policy. However, the absence of real consequences for illegal border crossings allowed some migrants to repeatedly attempt entry in the hope of gaining access to the U.S.
Title 42 is the name of an emergency health authority. It was a holdover from President Donald Trump’s administration and began in March 2020. The authority allowed U.S. officials to turn away migrants who came to the U.S.-Mexico border on the grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Before that, migrants could cross illegally, ask for asylum and be allowed into the U.S. They were then screened and often released to wait out their immigration cases.
Under Title 42, migrants were returned over the border and denied the right to seek asylum. U.S. officials turned away migrants more than 2.8 million times. Families and children traveling alone were exempt.
But there were no real consequences when someone illegally crossed the border. So migrants were able to try again and again to cross, on the off chance they would get into the U.S.
President Joe Biden initially kept Title 42 in place after he took office, then tried to end its use in 2022. Republicans sued, arguing the restrictions were necessary for border security. Courts had kept the rules in place. But the Biden administration announced in January that it was ending national COVID-19 emergencies, and so the border restrictions have now gone away.
When President Joe Biden assumed office, he initially maintained Title 42 but attempted to end its use in 2022. The move faced legal challenges from Republicans who argued that the restrictions were essential for border security. Courts upheld the rules until January, when the Biden administration announced the end of national COVID-19 emergencies, resulting in the removal of border restrictions.
In a video accompanying Trump’s recent declaration, glimpses of his efforts to combat child sex trafficking are showcased. The emphasis on this issue aligns with Trump’s broader messaging on the importance of maintaining policies like Title 42 to address border security and protect against the exploitation of vulnerable individuals, particularly children. As the political landscape evolves, Trump aims to distinguish himself through his dedication to combating child trafficking and leveraging policies like Title 42 for this purpose.
Trump vows to “use title 42 to end the child trafficking crisis”.
Trump has led the charge on the global human trafficking crisis since January 2017. Check the Executive Orders.
This alone should solidify everyone’s support for Trump.
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