Nicole Hallett Quashes Fox News Host’s Claim Regarding Open U.S. Border

Nicole Hallett (’10), Law Professor and Director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago, was quoted in a PolitiFact piece flatly refuting Judge Jeanine Pirro’s claim that the U.S. border “is now open to anyone from anywhere in the world who wishes to enter our country” (“Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro Wrongly Claims US Border Is ‘Open to Anyone from Anywhere,’” Mar. 23). “That claim is patently absurd. The border has never been ‘open to anyone from anywhere in the world who now wishes to enter our country.’” Nicole noted that before the pandemic, many migrants who arrived without a visa were deported in expedited removal proceedings, and only those who credibly claimed fear of persecution were cleared to stay in the U.S. to pursue asylum. “Now, even fewer people are being allowed to enter the U.S. because Border Patrol is using a CDC regulation to expel almost everyone, even people who claim fear. Pirro’s statement has no basis in fact.”