WATCH: House committee hearing on COVID-19 immigration rule Title 42 and asylum at the border

The House Homeland Security committee held a hearing examine the Title 42 COVID-19 immigration rule on Wednesday.

Watch the hearing in the player above.

Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, senior policy counsel at the American Immigration Council; Kennji Kizuka, associate director of research and analysis for refugee protection at Human Rights First; Adam Richards, associate professor of global health and medicine at the Milken Institute School of Public Health in George Washington University; and Hon. Mark Dannels, Sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, testified.

At the 2020 height of the pandemic, President Donald Trump imposed immigration curbs letting authorities immediately expel asylum seekers and migrants for public health reasons.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that it would lift the asylum ban, known as Title 42, next month since it has become increasingly hard to justify as pandemic restrictions have largely ended around the country.

“Even if this policy had been based on public health, we must recognize that we’ve come a long way since
March 2020, when this policy was first implemented,” said Subcommittee Chairwoman Nanette Barragán (D-CA).

Trump administration officials cast the curbs as a way to keep COVID-19 from spreading further in the U.S. Democrats considered that an excuse for Trump, whose anti-immigrant rhetoric was a hallmark of his presidency, to keep migrants from entering the country.

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