BREAKING: Federal judge blocks for now Biden administration from lifting Title 42

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FILE - Nicaraguan migrants walk on the US-Mexico border, in Algodones, Baja California, Mexico, Dec. 2, 2021. The group walked into the U.S. and turned themselves over to the border patrol asking for asylum. The Biden administration has a draft plan to end sweeping asylum limits at the U.S.-Mexico border by May 23 that were put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to people familiar with the plans. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez, File)
Originally Published: 20 MAY 22 17:14 ET
Updated: 20 MAY 22 17:26 ET

(CNN) — A federal judge in Louisiana has for now blocked the Biden administration from ending a Trump-era pandemic restriction, known as Title 42, at the US-Mexico border, thwarting plans to terminate the controversial public health authority.

Since taking office, President Joe Biden’s administration has continued to rely on Title 42, a public health authority invoked at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic that allows border officials to turn migrants away at the US-Mexico border.

In early April, though, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced plans to terminate the order. The CDC said at the time it’s no longer necessary given current public health conditions and the increased availability of vaccines and treatments for Covid-19. The decision sparked a flurry of criticism by Republicans and Democrats amid heightened concerns over a migrant surge when the authority lifts.

The public health authority, which has been fiercely criticized by immigrant advocates, will remain in effect for now.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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