A border surge like our country has never seen

Open border advocates — including those serving in the Biden administration and on Capitol Hill — have been demanding that President Biden end Title 42 since the day he took office during a full-blown pandemic.

Title 42 is a public health provision that was invoked by the Trump administration in 2020 at the start of the COVID pandemic, allowing for the expedited removal of people illegally crossing our borders.

Although it is impossible to quantify a negative, it is reasonable to assume that preventing significant numbers of people from traveling in large groups and coming from countries with low or non-existent vaccination rates has saved many lives. . Despite its success, many in the Biden administration still viewed Title 42 not as essential public health policy, but as a barrier to mass migration. That’s all that matters to them – public health, security and national sovereignty be damned.

Capitalizing on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) assessment that the public health threat posed by COVID has subsided, they finally got their wish. It has just been announced that Title 42 has been terminated, effective May 23. Now, the Biden administration will direct its efforts toward managing a massive wave of illegal immigration it plans to unleash on the American public.

Leaving aside the fact that declaring a complete victory over COVID may be a little premature – new epidemics are appearing around the world – title 42 is the last mechanism remaining in place allowing any control of our borders which are already at unprecedented levels illegal immigration. Title 42 was never designed to do this, as its detractors readily point out. However, given that the Biden administration burned down just about every mechanism to deter and control illegal immigration, Title 42 has been the only thing standing between us and utter chaos at the border.

The total chaos at the border is not just a conjecture. This is precisely what the Biden administration is planning. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already set up a war room calling on an array of federal agencies to help them deal with an unprecedented wave of migrants crashing into our borders once Title 42 deleted. Absurdly, the administration is preparing for an entirely avoidable catastrophe. According to Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), the DHS Intelligence Office has warned the administration that one million migrants could cross the border in the first six weeks after Title 42 ends.

Alarm bells have also been sounded by members of the president’s own party, particularly those who represent states and districts on the front lines of a crisis that is sure to escalate on May 23. The two (very nervous) Democratic Senators from Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly sent a letter to President Biden last week urging him not to rescind Title 42 without a viable plan that will control the border in his absence.

Likewise, Democratic House members whose Texas districts adjoin the border joined their fellow Republicans in their delegation and sent a similar letter urging DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider the impact that the end of Title 42 would have on their communities. “We urge that the CDC’s Title 42 order remain in place and that DHS continue to use it until the number of arrests along the southwest border drops to a manageable level,” they wrote. Of course, their advocacy of the Biden administration assumes unproven facts – namely that policymakers actually want to see illegal immigration return to “a manageable level.” Hint: they don’t – it’s all by design.

Fortunately, May 23 is almost two months away and there are supposedly one or two semi-rational White House immigration decision makers. It begs the question for them: do they want this presidency to be defined by chaos and anarchy on the southern border? Otherwise, they must undo the Title 42 termination and go back to the drawing board.

RJ Hauman is responsible for government relations and communications at the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR).


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