Illegal migration through the southern border is out of control, and it’s clear that President Joe Biden has little interest in shutting the floodgate to protect Americans and the rule of law.
Title 42 of the United States Code, Public Health and Welfare, allows the CDC to bar foreigners infected with communicable diseases from entering the U.S. and order rapid deportation without a hearing. The CDC director under the Trump administration invoked this code in 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19. But President Joe Biden said he will lift the Title 42 order in May, which will increase illegal migration.
Fox News reported that some Democrats oppose this move without a plan to deal with the influx of illegal aliens, likely because of their low polling numbers in the lead-up to the midterm elections.
As of this writing, a coalition of 21 state attorneys general has asked a federal court to block the Biden administration from lifting the order. An excerpt:
“This suit challenges an imminent, man-made, self-inflicted calamity: the abrupt elimination of the only safety valve preventing this administration’s disastrous border policies from devolving into an unmitigated catastrophe,” the complaint states.
“Once again the Biden Administration is thumbing its nose at the American people and the rule of law,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement to Fox News Digital Thursday. “It cannot be allowed to continue in this recklessness.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the government has a plan to deal with foreigners flooding the border if the administration lifts the order.
“We have put in place a comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy to manage any potential increase in the number of migrants encountered at our border,” according to his statement. “We are increasing our capacity to process new arrivals, evaluate asylum requests, and quickly remove those who do not qualify for protection. We will increase personnel and resources as needed and have already redeployed more than 600 law enforcement officers to the border. We are referring smugglers and certain border crossers for criminal prosecution. Over the next two months, we are putting in place additional, appropriate COVID-19 protocols, including ramping up our vaccination program.”
Will it be enough?
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