Federal appeals court gives narrow victory to Biden admin on use of Trump-era border policy

A federal appeals court Friday gives narrow victory to the Biden administration on use of the Trump-era border policy. Migrants are seen here in a camp in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico on July 10, 2021.

By Priscilla Alvarez and Tierney Sneed, CNN

(CNN) -- The United States can continue to swiftly remove migrant families under an emergency pandemic rule, but "only to places where they will not be persecuted or tortured," a federal appeals court ruled Friday, marking a narrow victory for the Biden administration.

The Biden administration has been relying on a public health authority, known as Title 42, that allows authorities to turn back thousands of migrants arrested at the US-Mexico border.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Friday affirmed in part a lower court ruling blocking the expulsion of migrant families, but added: "For now, the Executive may expel the Plaintiffs, but only to places where they will not be persecuted or tortured."

By allowing migrants to be expelled to places where they will not be tortured, the appeals court scaled back a district judge's order that had halted the expulsions. The federal appeals court had already put that ruling on hold before Friday's opinion.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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