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BORDER CRISIS: GOP lawmakers demand answers from DHS for giving migrants ‘public health’ exemptions

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Ranking members of the House Judiciary Committee wrote a letter Tuesday demanding to know why the Biden administration is letting illegal migrants crossing the southern border into the country, further infracting on Title 42.

Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH), John Katko (R-NY), and James Comer (R-KY) penned the letter to Mayorkas, asking for his cooperation. “As the Ranking Members of the House committees of relevant jurisdiction, we are entitled to know what criteria you believe to warrant a humanitarian exception,” they wrote. After all, details surrounding the exemptions “are necessary for Congress to know to perform our oversight of the Biden Administration’s immigration enforcement,” they went on.

Mayorkas has until May 28th to provide them with the criteria for these asylum seekers and also the list of non-governmental organizations DHS has teamed up with lately.

During President Trump’s term, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention enacted Title 42, a public health order that precluded asylum seekers from entering the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas even previously claimed that he had no power to undo the order. Already, migrant children and some families were considered exceptions to the rule. But, DHS faced backlash, namely from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The American Civil Liberties Union was also demanding action, calling for as many as 250 aliens a day to be granted asylum.

So, on May 12, a DHS spokesman corrected the record: “we are working to streamline a system for identifying and lawfully processing particularly vulnerable individuals who warrant humanitarian exceptions under the order.” Then, that following first week 50 people were given an exemption to Title 42 and let in the country anyway. But the very next week, DHS made 40-50 exceptions a day.

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Migrants sick of waiting, surge border after judge temporarily blocks Biden from revoking Title 42

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Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens tweeted recently, on May 17, that agents under his command apprehended 2,849 migrants last weekend. However, as migrants no longer want to wait for Title 42 to end, they have surged the border.

In a Breitbart exclusive, the media outlet reported the “number will be eclipsed as it appears the total could approach 4,000 this weekend.” Unfortunately, “the migrants did not appear to know or understand that the Title 42 will not end on Monday due to a federal court order. They expressed they were simply tired of waiting” the report adds.

Between April 1st and May 15 of this year, approximately 513,000 migrants illegally crossed the southern border.

On Friday, Louisiana Judge Robert Summerhays issued a preliminary injunction, and ordered to temporarily block the Biden Administration from revoking Title 42.

Breitbart notes “whether Title 42 ends or not, migrants say they are tired of waiting and surged across the Rio Grande into the Eagle Pass, Texas, area of operations. As many as 3,600 crossed so far this weekend — eclipsing last weekend’s total of just over 2,800 migrant apprehensions in the Del Rio Sector — according to a source operating within U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

In just a couple of hours on Sunday evening, agents apprehended more than 700 migrants. Agents identified majority of the migrants as Honduran nationals, and some as Colombian.

One source told Breitbart resources were not available to transport migrants from the border to the processing station. It also appears the NGOs who regularly shelter the migrants are overloaded as migrants are reportedly being dropped off at an Eagle Pass Stripes convenience store.

“The crossings are not without danger. On Saturday, seven migrants were swept off their feet in the middle of the night forcing Border Patrol agents to jump into action to save their lives” Breitbart Texas reported. Those seven were lucky, whereas the bodies of three migrants were recovered at the Del Rio Sector.

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