Moderate Dems Warn Biden Against Lifting Title 42, Inciting Border Surge
Some moderate Senate Democrats are joining Republicans in warning President Biden not to lift the Title 42 policy, in the hopes of preventing midterm election losses.
“I think it would be a mistake for the president to rescind Title 42,” said Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), who is up for reelection in 2022. “We need to continue to secure our border.”
Title 42, which was put in place by the Trump administration, allows the U.S. Border Patrol to promptly expel illegal immigrants as a preventative measure to slow the spread of communicable diseases, primarily COVID-19.
It’s also worth noting that Border Patrol officials have stated that Title 42 has been “extremely effective” in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Of course, the policy has been criticized by immigrant rights advocates, who say it results in the “expulsion” of asylum seekers and other vulnerable individuals.
But Kelly, who is one of a handful of Democrats up for reelection in states that Trump won in 2020, said he thinks Biden should keep the policy in place for now.
Kelly continued “I think the Title 42 should stay in as long as we have this pandemic,” he added. “I know there are people who want to come across, but we need to protect our borders.”
Other democrats up for reelection include Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.).
These senators have teamed up with Republicans to propose a bipartisan bill requiring the Biden administration to formally notify Congress of its intention to lift Title 42.
This would then be followed by a 60-day waiting period before the CDC ends the policy.
The bill would also mandate that the administration submit a report to Congress detailing its plan for processing asylum-seekers and providing them with humanitarian assistance.
“We need to make sure that we’re not encouraging people to come up,” Manchin said in an interview. Per his website, he states “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. We are nowhere near prepared to deal with that influx.”
Tester, for his part, said he is still “reviewing” the policy.
Most Americans are already fully aware of the ongoing crisis our nation is facing at its southern border. With it becoming more and more painstakingly obvious that this administration doesn’t care about finding a solution. Despite it being a hot button topic for the midterms.
Instead, this administration has been criticized numerous times for incentivizing more immigration. With the latest example being Jen Psaki admitting the U.S. government will be giving arriving migrants free smart phones.
As if far too many of them weren’t already coming here with the intention of breaking our laws.
If Title 42 is lifted, it will only mean one thing. That this administration is once again putting its own interests ahead of those of the American people.
Leading to more illegal immigration and a further loss of control at our Southern border. But then again, isn’t that what democrats want?