The Supreme Court just voted 5-4 to stay lower courts’ termination of the Title 42 pandemic order, which has expelled migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border 2.5 million times since March 2020, often without a chance to seek asylum. The Court is keeping the controversial measure in place while it decides whether Republican-run states can go ahead with a challenge.

Title 42 is not a public health measure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found it unnecessary back on April 1. It’s an internationally condemned block to the right to seek protection, and it’s generating profound misery.