The Biden administration announced that it will be terminating the Title 42 public health policy, that has been used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to quickly expel migrants at the southern border since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, at the end of May – despite fears of a massive migrant wave in the coming months.
"After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC Director has determined that an Order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary," the Centers for Disease Control said in a statement.
The order was implemented by the Trump administration due to the outbreak of COVID-19 and has since been used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to expel a majority of migrants at the border. While it is a public health order, not an immigration policy, it has become one of the central border policies in place as the U.S. faces a continuing crisis of numbers at the border. In February of this year approximately 55% of migrants were returned due to the order, rather than being released into the U.S.
Warning by House Republicans
House Republicans are warning about an impending rush to the southern border by 18,000 migrants per day after President Joe Biden’s administration plans to do away with Title 42 COVID-19 expulsions come May 23.
As House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said at a Monday, April 4, 2022 House GOP press conference: As “I’m here to tell you, unfortunately, our fears were confirmed more so than we even thought.”
Noted McCarthy: Border Patrol agents are seeing high numbers of illegal migrants attempting to cross the border today. “That’s all going away in about six weeks,” McCarthy said. “It’s going to only ask for more to come. We are already seeing mayhem down along the border."
“There are no longer a few border cities, every city in America is now a border city,” McCarthy added.
Said Rep. John Katko, R-New York: There are 8,000 crossing the southern border illegally every day, exceeding the operational capacity of 5,000 – and with Mexican cartels charging $4,000 per head, they are making $1 billion a month.
Increase of 1.1 million illegals in Biden's first year
According to a report released Tuesday, April 4, 2022 by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), the population of illegal immigrants in the United States has jumped by 1.1 million in Presiddent Biden's first year in office.
“The number of illegal immigrants grew dramatically this past year as the result of Biden administration policies which released most of the people encountered at the border and stopped most interior enforcement,” Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and the report’s lead author, said.
In their court filing, the attorneys general argued that for the Biden administration to stop invoking Title 42 will eliminate the “only safety valve preventing this Administration’s disastrous border policies from devolving into an unmitigated chaos and catastrophe.”
The lawsuit contends that the White House did not “conduct the statutorily required notice and comment process” and is “arbitrary and capricious” in its implementation in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
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