Haitian migrants exit a van in Del Rio, Texas, where they had been stranded after trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in September, 2021. Photo by Leonardo March.

At midnight Thursday, Title 42 ended. But the real impact on Haitian asylum seekers and their families is, as yet, unclear. First, a recap on Title 42, what’s happening at the border and why it matters.

What’s Title 42?


Title 42 ended after use by both the Trump and Biden administrations. What its ending means is not yet clear.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.