Illegals still surge across the southern border like rats fleeing a sinking ship but Trump policy returns many to Mexico. President Joe Biden announced that policy, Title 42 of federal immigration law, will end May 22. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained his decision was based on an advisory opinion from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the restriction was no longer necessary.
Former President Donald Trump authorized Title 42 in March 2020 that immediately returned asylum seekers back to Mexico as a COVID-19 precaution.
It was one of the few immigration policies implemented by Trump that were not reversed after President Biden was inaugurated. Since the outset of the pandemic, nearly 2 million illegal aliens have been expelled under the policy, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.
According to an NBC News report, more than 444,000 migrants were sent back were sent back to Mexico under Title 42 when Trump was president. Another 700,000 illegal aliens were expelled through the policy between January and Sept. 2021, according to the report. They keep coming and, after being removed to Mexico, coming to the U.S. again.
“In total, there were 164,973 encounters along the Southwest land border in February, a 7 percent increase compared to January,” according to the Customs and Border Protection website. “Of those, 30 percent involved individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months.” The CBP statement added that the average one-year re-encounter rate was 14 percent for the five years before the pandemic.
Of the individuals border agents encountered in February, 91,513 (or 55 percent ) were expelled under Title 42, according to the agency website.
The remaining 73,460 encounters were processed under Title 8, which makes aliens who falsely claim (or claimed) U.S. citizen inadmissible.
Biden’s decision to end Title 42 has drawn criticism from other Democrats, including both of Arizona’s Democrat Senators. Sens. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema penned a joint letter to Biden arguing against ending Title 42.
“Given the impacts that changes to Title 42 could have on border communities, border security, and migrants, we urge your Administration not to make any changes to Title 42 implementation until you are completely ready to execute and coordinate a comprehensive plan that ensures a secure, orderly, and humane process at the border,” the senators wrote. “We also request that you
provide a full briefing to Congress on your plan before implementation and execution.”
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Friday balked at ending the pandemic border policy. “”[Friday’s] announcement by the [Centers for Disease Control] and the Biden administration is a frightening decision,” Manchin said in a statement. Biden may sit up and take notice of Sen. Manchin’s objection because no other lawmaker has effected so much Democratic party legislation .
Maggie Hassan, the Democrat Senator from New Hampshire also cautioned Biden against ending Title 42.
“Ending Title 42 prematurely will likely lead to a migrant surge that the administration does not appear to be ready for,” Sen. Hassan said. “I’ll keep pushing the administration to strengthen border security & look forward to hearing directly from border agents during my upcoming trip to the border.”
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