Congress must act if it wants to extend Title 42 immigration measure -White House

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden meets with immigration advisers at the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress will have to act if it wants to extend a sweeping, pandemic-related expulsion policy known as Title 42 that has effectively closed down the U.S. asylum system, the White House said on Wednesday.

“Right now we are planning and preparing for the end of Title 42 enforcement on May 23rd,” White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

She noted that President Joe Biden wanted to reform the immigration system and that some lawmakers favored a delay of Title 42 implementation while others oppose it. “This would all require congressional action. We’re happy to have that conversation with them.”

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Jeff Mason; Editing by Leslie Adler)