On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the Biden Administration will end Title 42–a broad public-health authority measure that permits the federal government to swiftly return border-crossers and illegal immigrants to their home countries.
Biden’s own officials acknowledge that anywhere between 500,000 and 540,000 border-crossers and illegal immigrants are likely to appear at the Mexico-U.S. border each month. This is equivalent to the entire population of Atlanta, Georgia, or Fresno, California, arriving at the border in only a 28-to-30-day period.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) described the move as “a frightening decision.” He stated, “Title 42 has been an essential tool in combating the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border. We are already facing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and that will only get worse if the administration ends the Title 42 policy. We are nowhere near prepared to deal with that influx.”
Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ), both of whom have demanded Biden keep Title 42 in place, stated that the decision shows how much Biden's White House does not understand the impact of illegal immigration on communities along the border. “Today's decision to announce an end to Title 42 despite not yet having a comprehensive plan ready shows a lack of understanding about the crisis at our border,” Sinema stated. And Kelly declared, “This is the wrong decision. It's unacceptable to end Title 42 without a plan and coordination in place to ensure a secure, orderly, and humane process at the border.”
It's evident that this administration's inability to come up with a real action plan to address the crisis is going to further burden the communities along the border.
Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), like Kelly, is facing a difficult campaign for re-election this year and slammed Biden for his decision to end Title 42, writing that the move “will likely lead to a migrant surge that the administration does not appear to be ready for.”
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), representing the district of 34th Congress–to be contested by Republican candidate Mayra Flores, has asked Biden to reconsider his decision to terminate Title 42. “Earlier this week, I joined my colleagues across the aisle to express concern and request simple information about how the CDC, DHS, and other federal agencies plan to maintain order and prevent border communities from being overwhelmed,” Gonzalez said. “I implore the Administration to provide that information without delay and [ensure that] South Texas and communities across the U.S.-Mexico border have the resources they need.”
The Senate's amnesty-minded lawmaker Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) told the Washington Post that he is concerned that the Title 42 end date on May 23 could offer foreign nationals a reason to cross the border in advance. “For an administration afraid of creating ‘pull factors,' I fear their delay may create the biggest pull factor of them all,” Menendez declared.