Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stay Monday afternoon, preventing Title 42 from being lifted later this week. The high court also asked the Biden administration to respond to an application Texas, along with 18 other states, filed requesting the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene to keep Title 42 along the Southwest border past Wednesday.
On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a motion to intervene, leading the coalition of states to petition the Supreme Court to stay the district court’s ruling and stop the scheduled termination of Title 42 on December 21.
Title 42 expires on Wednesday, and the State of Texas is preparing for a further potential surge of illegal immigration. Governor Abbott received a briefing from Operation Lone Star agency leaders and toured the increased assets along the border ahead of the end of Title 42 expulsions on December 21. He also directed Attorney General Ken Paxton to investigate the role non-governmental organizations may have in planning and assisting illegal border crossings into Texas. In addition, the Mayor of El Paso has declared a State of Emergency because of the situation.