Breaking Wednesday, the Biden administration announced it will end the Title 42 border policy, which allows for immediate deportation, according to multiple reports. The Title 42 public health order “allows border agents to immediately expel illegal border crossers” reports National Review.
The Title was implemented under the Trump administration in the beginning stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was renewed under the Biden administration in August 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made the order to end the policy, according to people familiar with the plans.
The Wall Street Journal reviewed the draft of the new order, which states that “there is no longer a serious danger” that migrants could spread Covid in border detention facilities. The order will be lifted around late May, in order to “give the administration time to prepare for a potential rise in migrants seeking to cross the southern border illegally” writes National Review.
Reportedly officials in the Department of Homeland Security are concerned that relaxing the order will result in an even worse influx of illegal border crossings. In 2021 alone, over 2 million migrants were detained at the border, according to numbers released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
That number was more than double the 2019 numbers of 921,812. Already in February 2022 agents encountered 164,973 migrants, 60% higher than February of 2021. Even White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the administration expects to see a surge after the Title is lifted.
“We are planning for multiple contingencies, and we have every expectation that when the CDC ultimately decides it’s appropriate to lift Title 42, there will be an influx of people at the border” Bedingfield told reporters at the White House Wednesday.
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The first month of 2023 at the southern border is already looking bleak; just take a look at the numbers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso, Texas have seized over 500 pounds of hard drugs in January alone.
Additionally, the agency apprehended 62 people they were able to identify as having outstanding arrest warrants. Among the criminals were sex offenders.
The devastating numbers are not surprising, given that in December, the El Paso mayor declared a sate of emergency “after record numbers of people were released onto city streets and sidewalks by the Biden administration” reports The Center Square.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also “sent 400 National Guard troops to restore order and provide humanitarian assistance” adds the media outlet. Border Patrol data showed in December, 55,766 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the El Paso Sector.
There were also 32,632 known and recorded gotaways in December, meaning they were able to evade getting captured by law and immigration officials. law enforcement officers told The Center Square that despite the skyrocket high numbers, “these seizures and apprehensions represent a fraction of the amount of people and drugs being trafficked to the southern border between ports of entry.”
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