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Facing Bipartisan Backlash over Title 42 Repeal, Biden Team Dissembles

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022
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AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

President Joe Biden meets with White House staff in the Oval Office of the White House Tuesday, March 22, 2022, to discuss Title 42 expulsions.

As the Biden administration plows ahead with it’s plans to end Title 42, a Trump-era border policy that restricted entry into the country due to COVID-19 concerns, on May 23, border officials have warned that the already drastic border crisis is set to get dramatically worse. In response to concerns from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about rescinding Title 42 and Biden’s border policy generally, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas released a 20-page “plan” outlining the administration’s strategy to deal with the expected surge in illegal border crossings. But even a cursory examination of the document quickly reveals that it promises to do little to alleviate the desperate reality on the ground in border states.

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world in 2020, the CDC, under former President Trump, issued a public health order that granted law enforcement at the border the authority to turn away and swiftly expel migrants on account of concerns over the spread of the virus. Democrats, including then-candidate Joe Biden, were quick to label the policy “racist” and “inhumane,” even as they argued for more stringent pandemic restrictions.

Once Biden took office, however, and massive caravans of migrants began making their way to the U.S.-Mexico border under the belief that the newly installed Biden administration would simply let them in (as he had so often promised to do throughout his campaign), Title 42 became a convenient tool for the White House to stem somewhat the growing tidal wave of illegal immigration.

Notwithstanding these de minimis efforts to use Title 42, the Biden administration has presided over the worst border crisis on record, with daily encounters now reaching more than 7,800 per day, according to Customs and Border Patrol data. In March, CBP reported more than 221,000 land encounters, a 33% spike over the previous month and more than four times the average seen in March from 2014-2019. 2021 was already the worst year on record with more than 2 million arrests – and those are just the ones who were caught.

But despite these harrowing statistics, amid pressure from pro-immigration groups, the CDC announced on April 1 that it planned to end Title 42 on May 23, sparking immediate blowback from GOP lawmakers as well as Democrats from border states. Arizona Democrats Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly (who faces a tough reelection battle this year) sent a letter to Biden urging him to keep Title 42 in place until the administration had a plan to deal with the inevitable surge in immigration that would follow. In Nevada, Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak similarly warned the President about rescinding Title 42, while Biden has also received pushback from Democrat Sens. Raphael Warnock (GA), Gary Peters (MI) and Maggie Hassan (NH), among others.

Apparently in an attempt to placate these Democrats and avoid an even more complete party split over immigration, Mayorkas announced his “Plan for Southwest Border Security and Preparedness” last Tuesday.

But the Mayorkas plan is almost entirely devoid of any actual measures to increase border security or prepare anyone for the predicted surge. Instead, it focuses almost entirely on ways to increase “processing efficiency” – in other words, getting as many migrants into the country as possible.

For example, the first of six “border security pillars” that the plan outlines says that DHS plans to surge resources, “including personnel, transportation, medical support, and facilities to support border operations” so that “by May 23, we will be prepared to hold approximately 18,000 noncitizens in CBP custody at any given time.” While that figure is up from the 13,000 “noncitizens” CBP was able to hold at the beginning of 2021, it still pales in comparison to the 12,000-18,000 daily encounters CBP is expecting in the coming months. If the last 15 months are any indication, DHS will likely simply start releasing tens of thousands of illegal immigrants into the interior of the country once that capacity is reached.

The only mention of actually preventing individuals from entering the country illegally is a vague promise to “strictly enforce our immigration laws,” a pledge that rings rather hollow given that the administration has done nothing of the sort since taking office last January. The plan makes no mention of Trump’s border wall (which Biden has halted construction on, a decision that Mayorkas says cost taxpayers $72 million) or providing assistance to border communities that have been devastated by the crisis, but does promise to make efforts to process migrants en route to the United States, “bolster the capacity of NGOs to receive noncitizens,” and only detain single adults “when appropriate.”

Incredibly, Mayorkas also blames Trump for the crisis at the border, saying that Biden inherited a “broken and dismantled immigration system,” just after shrugging off responsibility for the border altogether by saying that “we are operating within a fundamentally broken immigration system that only Congress can fix.”

In perhaps the most telling indictment of Mayorkas’s plan, border officials and immigration experts alike have ripped it as utterly ridiculous and only likely to make the crisis worse. One current border patrol agent said that “nothing in this plan Mayorkas says he’s going to do has even been started, and he’s not going to do it anyway.” A senior DHS staffer slammed the plan as “an absolute load of bulls***” and said that “this administration has always been set to release as many migrants as possible and then make excuses as to why illegal aliens continue invading our country,” while another DHS official suggested that “Mayorkas needs drug testing because I swear he’s high.”

But it seems unlikely that any of these comments or any objective view of the facts will deter Mayorkas or Joe Biden from their current destructive path on immigration. In a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee last Wednesday, Mayorkas struck a defiant tone, claiming that Biden has “effectively managed” the border.

Americans concerned about the border crisis may have to wait until November for some accountability, as House Republicans have hinted that Mayorkas could face impeachment should they retake the majority. Even then, however, the odds of Biden reversing course on his radical immigration agenda appear slim. It may thus be up to border communities and state and local officials to shoulder the burden of this crisis, until voters have a chance to choose a new direction in the White House in 2024.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_.

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David Millikan
David Millikan
1 year ago

MORE ESPIONAGE and TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA and CITIZENS.

Grammy
Grammy
1 year ago

Just shove the illegals across the border. Give them free medical, free housing, free food and promise them more if only they register as Democrats for their voting party preference. It is all about winning elections for the Democrats. They care less about the diseases these people carry which they will now bring into our country. Demented Joe Biden signed away President Trump’s border policy with a stroke of his pen thus allowing these people to flood our border. Many of these people are criminals, thieves and outcasts from their own country. We do not want them here. We need to take care of our own homeless, our forgotten Veterans and our own people that are struggling with todays economic recession..

Rhonda
Rhonda
1 year ago

I would like the next Republican/conservative President elected to begin a program to pick up illegals in this country and deport them back to their countries, like a President did in the past. (can’t remember which President).

Texas Resister 64
Texas Resister 64
1 year ago

By flooding the country with an increase already of about 5% of our total population in illegal and unvetted migrants, Biden & Co have totally squandered whatever sympathy some of us have toward the “good guy” immigrants. So we are way less likely than before to tolerate a plan to give any kind of amnesty to this Bidenvasion bunch.

EAA
EAA
1 year ago

I would think that Democrats who supposedly care for the poor,the homeless and the plight of urban Blacks who cannot escape their hell holes would realize that open border policy does not help but actually harms those groups of U.S. citizens.

CoNMTX
CoNMTX
1 year ago

All these people coming into the country illegally will vote for the demo/Marxists in November. Most will vote at least twice. Along with the dead people who will vote at least twice, the millions of mail-ins and the last minute drop box vote, the demo/Marxists should win. I would love to see a GOP landslide but I know the Godless Marxist demos will cheat their butts off. Since they have no integrity, honesty, character, or morals, anything goes.

Tom P.
Tom P.
1 year ago

I’m all for some nice people that want to make a better life for themselves coming here legally. But when we are flooded by who knows who and they are given free stuff when we are struggling to pay our own bills, that’s BS! Nobody paid for my college. I had to work 2 jobs to pay for school. I needed medical insurance, so I got a job that I loathe and pays like s*** to have those benefits. I’ll probably be working til I die because this idiot is ruining the country. Where’s my free stuff?

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Do not recinde this Title 42 Law.This is a Communistic movement.I do not want Illegals running g the USA!

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

People like to ignore the law that takes precedence over Title 42. That’s Title 8 on immigration. A certain number of immigrants can come here from each country per year, that’s why they MUST apply. That law has clearly been broken. READ IT!

Jim schwandt
Jim schwandt
1 year ago

Best thing to do is release all the immigrants in the District of Columbia so they can see first hand the disruption its causing. And they can’t vote.

Garye
Garye
1 year ago

It’s just more lies and deception from joebama and the marxist democrat party!
What a dishonest group of America hating, divisive, race baiting, compliments of democrat party of FAILURE.
These clowns must go.
THROW THEM OUT

Elaine
Elaine
1 year ago

… the most corrupt politician in U.S. history, 5 decades lining his own pockets, not one single thing has Joseph Biden ever done, to benefit Main Street, America –

Roger D
Roger D
1 year ago

My wife wondered if Joe Biden or his puppeteers have a stash of weapons that they could hand out to some illegals as his own army to fight the rest of us. Maybe all of us should join the NRA and get armed? Or will the blue states still engage in dishonest elections in November and how can we prove another dishonest election result?

Juanita
Juanita
1 year ago

WHERE ARE THE ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT TO IMPEACHMENT PRESIDENT BIDEN BECAUSE HE HAS NOT ABIDE ON HIS DUTIES HE SWORED TO UPHOLD LIKE
THE BODER
CRIME
DESTROYING OUR ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

MAKING DEALS WITH OUR ENEMIES NOT ENEMIES TO THEM BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IS PREDOMINANT MARXIST, SOCIALIST, COMMUNIST.
WOKE

What a great question
If Biden is bringing illegals to fight against the USA ???????? citizens
The left is always regrouping to attack infinitely they do not loose focus like republicans
Dishonest already is with the board of truth with Russian Marry Puppets

Soros pays them all.

Steve S
Steve S
1 year ago

These Democrats ,Socialists and anarchists Joe Biden, Kamala, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Sh*tmer, Adam Schiff, Maxine, AOC Ilhan the Squad all want this Country to become a Third World Country with them in charge

charles
charles
1 year ago

watching the pro abortionist near my home in wilmington illinois,the idiots know what murder is they just don’t care,this crap like so much else is destroying our nation they don’t care how sad.

Jimmyd
Jimmyd
1 year ago

Biden and his Marxist Nazi pig regime will come to an end and they know it.

WILLIAM MCKENZIE
WILLIAM MCKENZIE
1 year ago

If the GOP is able to overcome rampant and blatant Marxist/fascist Democratic Party and Deep State election/voter fraud, the very first things they need to do are impeach both Biden and Harris, after making absolutely certain they place solid Constitutional originalist Christians as the heads of both the House and the Senate.

Karen
Karen
1 year ago

If I get Covid when they unleash all these aliens, I will sue the hell out of the Biden Admin. Does anyone want to join me?
I suggest they do the right thing and stop this ridiculous idea of ending 42.

Willie
Willie
1 year ago

“Remember the Alamo!”

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