In what amounts to a greenlight, Joe Biden’s administration is allowing Title 42 to end, and setting the stage for potentially hundreds of thousands MORE immigrants flooding the southern border. The Daily Mail reports:
Hundreds of migrants who have been stranded in Tapachula, Mexico for weeks said they are planning to set off to the U.S. in a caravan on Friday after Joe Biden announced he would end the Trump-era policy that allowed instant expulsion of asylum-seekers at the U.S. southern border on May 23.
Video of migrants at a refugee camp in the city near the Mexican-Guatemalan border captured the moment the migrants called on the Mexican government for aid and announced their plan to travel.
‘Mexico, tend to your migrants,’ a migrant says through a megaphone. ‘That’s the only thing we’re asking, and to the people of Tapachula, thank you for supporting us.’
‘Fellow migrants, we’re leaving Tapachula very early on Friday.’
It comes as the White House admitted there will be an ‘influx’ of border crossers when Title 42 ends while border authorities plead with the Pentagon to provide aid and mobilize the army to handle the incoming flood of migrants.
Immigration groups have been pushing for an end to Title 42, which was enacted by former President Donald Trump but was continued and upheld in court by Biden.
The order was put in place in March 2020 at the onset of the pandemic as the spread of coronavirus ran rampant at crowded border facilities.
Since then, more than a million migrants apprehended at the border have been rapidly expelled to Mexico or other countries, often within hours of being caught under the Title 42.
The sweeping, pandemic-related expulsion policy has effectively closed down the U.S. asylum system at the border with Mexico as officials don’t have to hear asylum claims under Title 42.
This has led Democrats, medical experts, immigration advocates and the United Nations to urge the U.S. to end the coronavirus-era rule.
In a statement calling for the end of Title 42, U.S. Reps Jesus Garcia, Adriano Espaillat and Jose Luis Correa said: ‘For nearly two years, the United States government has expelled individuals fleeing from violence and turmoil seeking refuge and protection, with no ability for these individuals to apply for asylum – actions that completely violate U.S. law and treaty commitments.
‘This heartless policy, spearheaded by the Trump administration, must be repealed – full stop.’
Republicans, however, argue ending Title 42 will encourage more migrants to enter the U.S. illegally – especially after reports warn of a massive influx of migration once the policy is dropped.
Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz said in a video posted Wednesday that Democrats are ‘turning a blind eye’ to the southern border crisis.
‘We are seeing a human rights catastrophe, we are seeing a public health catastrophe, we are seeing a crime and national security catastrophe,’ Cruz said in the three-and-a-half-minute video titled Unchecked: 2 Million.
He added in another part of the video: ‘I’ve asked the Senate Democrats, come to Texas and see the border, not one of them is willing to do it.’
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials confirmed on Tuesday that they are prepared for migrant flows to reach a ‘very high’ contingency of 18,000 people per day. This would equate to more than 500,000 each month.
Current plans also account for a 12,000-per-day rate, and for the current elevated rate of about 6,000 to 7,000 each day.
At least 170,000 migrants, according to reports, are waiting on the Mexico side of the border to immediately travel to the U.S. and seek asylum once they can no longer be turned away for pandemic reasons.
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