McCarthy: Biden ‘abdicated his responsibilities at our border’ with Title 42 repeal


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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Friday accused President Biden of “abdicating his responsibilities” on the southern border and worsening the ongoing migrant crisis after the administration announced it was lifting Title 42 Public Health Order.

“Today’s decision confirms that President Biden has abdicated his responsibilities at our borders and is actively working to escalate the border crisis,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Since day one of his administration, he has failed to protect our nation’s security and secure the border.”

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Friday that it would end the Title 42 public health policy, which has been used by the Trump and Biden administrations to rapidly deport migrants at the southern border since the onset of COVID. -19 epidemic, May 23.

January 23, 2022: Fox News footage shows released migrants in the United States.
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“After reviewing current public health conditions and increased availability of tools to combat COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and treatments), the CDC Director has determined that an order suspending the right to ‘bringing migrants into the United States is no longer necessary,’ the agency said in a statement.

The order was implemented by the Trump administration due to the COVID-19 outbreak and has since been used by the Trump and Biden administrations to deport a majority of migrants at the border. Although it is a public health order and not an immigration policy, it has become one of the central border policies in place as the United States faces record numbers of crossings. illegal border crossings. In February, about 55% of migrants were returned due to the order, rather than being released in the United States

December 3, 2021: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington.

December 3, 2021: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington.
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Left-wing activists and democrats called on the Biden administration to end the order for months, claiming it is cruel and depriving migrants of due process.

But moderate Republican and Democratic lawmakers, as well as border law enforcement, have expressed concern that it could lead to an increase in migration that could overwhelm officers and exceed the huge numbers seen last year. last.

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“This decision is wrong and will invite a haphazard wave of illegal border crossings to enrich human traffickers and overwhelm our border patrol,” McCarthy said. It will inflict suffering, pain and tragedy across our country.”

“Make no mistake, the president will take ownership of the calamity his policies have created,” he added.

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks with Alejandro Mayorkas, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary, before boarding Air Force Two at El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas, USA United, Friday, June 25, 2021. The Vice President's visit to the southern border comes after months of denunciations from Republicans, as well as frustration from some Democrats, for not making it to the border after being chosen to address the root causes of migration from Central America to the United States

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks with Alejandro Mayorkas, US Department of Homeland Security Secretary, before boarding Air Force Two at El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas, USA United, Friday, June 25, 2021. The Vice President’s visit to the southern border comes after months of denunciations from Republicans, as well as frustration from some Democrats, for not making it to the border after being chosen to address the root causes of migration from Central America to the United States
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The fear of an increase in the number of migrants has been acknowledged by the administration, which said it was increasing resources at the border as part of a strategy to deal with what it said was a ” influx of migrants.

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DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Friday that DHS has “implemented a comprehensive, government-wide strategy to manage any potential increase in the number of migrants encountered at our border.”

Border Patrol agents, however, were more blunt in their assessment: “We expect to be wrecked,” one agent told Fox News Digital.

Fox News’ Peter Hasson contributed to this report.


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