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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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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