The Trump administration enacted Title 42 public health protections in March of 2020 in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the Biden administration, “just 59% of single adult migrants encountered by Border Patrol agents in December were expelled via Title 42 public health protections – the latest in a steady decline in the use of the Trump-era order that allows for the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border” reports Fox News.
Title 42 was allowed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to allow for the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border. Immigration activists have chastised the measure and put pressure on the Biden administration to do away with it.
Although Biden has kept it in place, and not applied it to unaccompanied children, the percentage of individuals expelled under the order continues to drop. Fox News reports “the 59% of single adults expelled is down from 66% of expulsions of single adults under Title 42 in November and 75% as recently as August. At the beginning of the Biden administration, that number was significantly higher.”
“In the last month of the Trump administration, in December 2020, 58,944 of the 64,536 single adults were returned via Title 42, and in March 2021, shortly after the Biden administration took over, 87,579 of the 100,116 single adults encountered were returned” adds Fox News.
In a statement, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not directly address why the percentages are significantly reducing. A spokesperson said, “DHS continues to expel migrants under Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Title 42 authority.”
“Those who cannot be expelled under Title 42 and do not have a legal basis to remain are placed in expedited or full removal proceedings” they continued. “Our borders are not open, and people should not make the dangerous journey. Individuals and families are subject to border restrictions, including expulsion,” they said.
Fox News reports, “Some migrants from places such as Nicaragua and Cuba are being enrolled into the recently restored Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), but the number enrolled into the program — which sees migrants returned to Mexico — were less than 300 in December.”
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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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