Biden Makes ‘Frightening’ Immigration Decision
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President Joe Biden has decided to repeal the COVID-era order known as Title 42, a move which Sen. Joe Manchin (D- W.VA.) described as “a frightening decision” that would likely lead to an uptick of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention implemented Title 42 at the beginning of the pandemic, under former President Donald Trump. The public health policy allows for the quick expulsion of unauthorized migrants at the border.
“Today’s announcement by the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the Biden Administration is a frightening decision,” Manchin said.
“Title 42 has been an essential tool in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border. We are already facing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and that will only get worse if the Administration ends the Title 42 policy.”
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a record 1.7 million migrant encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021 — four times higher than 2020. Officials believe that record-breaking figure will be topped this year, as Border Patrol had 838,000 migrant encounters between January and March.
“We are nowhere near prepared to deal with that influx. Until we have comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform that commits to securing our borders and providing a pathway to citizenship for qualified immigrants, Title 42 must stay in place,” Manchin said.
Arizona Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Mark Kelly (D) also spoke out against the decision.
“Prematurely ending Title 42 without a comprehensive, workable plan would put at risk the health and safety of Arizona communities and migrants. Today’s decision to announce an end to Title 42 despite not yet having a comprehensive plan ready shows a lack of understanding about the crisis at our border,” Synema said in a statement.
Kelly said repealing Title 42 was “the wrong decision. It’s unacceptable to end Title 42 without a plan and coordination in place to ensure a secure, orderly, and humane process at the border.”
“From my numerous visits to the southern border and conversations with Arizona’s law enforcement, community leaders, mayors, and non-profits, it’s clear that this administration’s lack of a plan to deal with this crisis will further strain our border communities.”