Sunday, April 18

Justice Department Appeals Order Blocking Eviction Ban

The Eastern District of Texas court blocked the moratorium on evictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MEASURE. In some states, evictions of people affected by the pandemic are prohibited / Pixabay

The Justice Department announced late Saturday that it will appeal a ruling by a Texas judge blocking the federal moratorium on evictions by ensuring that the ban remains in effect.

POLITICO reported that this Thursday, the court for the Eastern District of Texas blocked the moratorium of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC for its acronym in English). He also ordered that the federal government exceeded its authority by imposing the total ban.

That decision “does not extend beyond the individual plaintiffs in that case, and it does not prohibit the application of the CDC’s moratorium on eviction to other parties,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton. “For other landlords who rent to covered individuals, the CDC’s eviction moratorium remains in effect.”

Last September, the CDC introduced an order prohibiting evictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, abiding by a 1944 public health law that gives the agency enough power to allow contagious diseases to cross borders. state.

“The federal government cannot say that it has never before invoked its power over interstate commerce to impose a moratorium on residential eviction,” said Judge Campbell Barker. “It was not like that during the deadly Spanish flu pandemic. Nor did he invoke such power during the demands of the Great Depression. The federal government has not claimed such power at any time in our nation’s history until last year.

Biden and the evictions

On February 16, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, signed a decree that will extend until the end of June the measures against evictions in addition to the extension of the mortgage relief program linked to the financial crises derived from the COVID pandemic -19 in North American territory.

During the morning hours of February 16, the White House made the announcement official through a statement. It stated that “the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a crisis of affordable access to housing. Now, homeowners will receive urgently needed help in this unprecedented national emergency. “

These programs were to expire in March. Both were created prior to Biden’s rise to power under former President Donald Trump.

The EFE news agency assured that around 10 million homeowners face problems to be able to cancel the respective installments corresponding to mortgages.



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