The Biden government said on Tuesday it expects to follow a Louisiana judge’s anticipated decision to prevent the Trump government’s Title 42 border policy from being phased out.
This is a Disaster
The program, which authorizes removing migrants from the southern border to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, was set to expire on May 23 by the Biden administration.
As Politico, a senior government source said on Tuesday, “If and when the court grants the TRO [preventive detention order], the department plans to comply with that sequence.”
In fact, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed a stratagy to deal with the predicted increase in migrant crossings when Title 42 is repealed.
On day one @JoeBiden rolled out the red carpet for illegal immigrants. The #BidenBorderCrisis is adding to crime and it’s a national security threat. We need to finish the wall and keep #Title42 and the Remain in Mexico Policy in place to secure the border. pic.twitter.com/CKU7UBAOBU
— Sen. John Barrasso (@SenJohnBarrasso) April 27, 2022
“We expect increased migration levels after the Title 42 global health order is lifted, as traffickers seek to exploit and benefit from vulnerable migrants,” DHS Leader Alejandro Mayorkas said in a letter about the agency’s stratagy.
However, Mayorkas warned the increased number of migrant crossing attempts is putting additional strain on Border Patrol personnel.
“Despite the attempts of our devoted DHS employees and partners in implementing this comprehensive strategy,” he wrote in the memo, “a major spike in migrant encounters will significantly strain our systems even further.”
The steps are in reaction to fears that if Title 42 is repealed, up to 18,000 migrants per day could try to enter the border.
This would bring the total number of illegal border crossings to more than 500,000 per month.
The Legal Challange
Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas has filed a suit against the Biden government for terminating the public health order.
According to the complaint, “the defendants now aim to abolish Title 42 border control provisions, which are the only laws keeping back a deadly tide of illegal immigrants.”
“However, in trying this damaging revocation of Title 42, they failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act.
“Without rationale or consideration for Texans, the defendants violated the APA’s notice-and-comment duties, neglected to consider multiple critical elements in their regulation, and exposed the incongruence of their decision-making,” according to the lawsuit.
Biden’s Attorney General admits “there will be a large increase at the border” once Biden lifts Title 42
Biden created this crisis and Biden will be the one that makes it even worse. pic.twitter.com/jpC1uyzDtV
— GOP (@GOP) April 27, 2022
At least ten Democratic members of Congress joined Republican members in opposing President Biden’s intention to repeal Title 42. Arizona Democratic Senator Mark Kelly is one of them.
“We are currently experiencing a crisis on our southern border. This government currently lacks a strategy.” According to Fox News, Kelly remarked, “I warned them about this months ago.”
“To be honest,” he continued, “it’s going to be a problem on top of a problem.” Kelly recently visited the border and took to Twitter to express his concerns over the repeal of Title 42.
“I spoke with Border Patrol personnel directly about operational risks and expressed my worries about the president’s intention to lift Title 42 without a detailed plan in place.”
“My primary goal is to provide a smooth, humane, and safe border process,” he wrote.