Perhaps the only thing that has stood in the way of President Joe Biden effectively imposing an “open borders” policy on the United States has been the Title 42 public health order that allows for federal border agents and officials to immediately expel or refuse entry to migrants seeking entry at the border.
Undoubtedly under pressure from his left flank, rumors are swirling that Biden’s administration is preparing to finally end Title 42 as an expulsion policy in late May, CBS News reported. The policy is, for all intents and purposes, under the purview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Interestingly enough, while Republicans are generally unified in opposition to such a move to end Title 42, they have been joined by a handful of relatively moderate Democratic senators who have expressed legitimate concerns over what will occur once that border control policy has been lifted.
Also, for what it is worth, The Hill reported that even some officials within the Biden administration have acknowledged that, once the policy is formally rolled back, it is expected that there will be a flood of additional migrants seeking entry and claiming asylum at the southern border, potentially twice as many as are doing so now, which is already a historically high number.
The border could soon be “overwhelmed” if Title 42 lifted
According to Breitbart, one of the Democrats speaking out against the possible ending of Title 42 under President Biden is Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), who told CNN host Alisyn Camerota that he was “very worried” the border would be quickly “overwhelmed” if there wasn’t a “real plan” implemented in place of the public health order initially imposed at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 under then-President Donald Trump.
“I would be very reluctant for the administration to end this Trump policy until they had a real plan in place,” Warner said Wednesday. “I think we are a generous country, but we have to have — we have to be a country of rule of law.”
“I would be very worried about this notion that the border would be overwhelmed, and I really want to hear a specific plan with adequate personnel,” he continued and specifically noted that he wanted to see “pressure” applied to certain foreign nations to stem the flood of their citizens headed to the U.S. border.
After he reiterated his belief in the “generous” nature of the U.S., Warner added, “But opening the floodgates at the borders would not be the appropriate plan until we have a process to deal with that. And frankly, we need strong borders here. Let me be clear, I am not someone for … any kind of open border process.”
A handful of Democrats oppose the plan to end Title 42
Fox News reported that Sen. Warner was not alone among Democrats opposed to the purported plan of the Biden administration to end the one remaining Trump-era policy that has saved the nation’s southern border from being completely overrun by illegal migrants and asylum seekers.
“I think they should reconsider. I sent a letter, I’m against removing Title 42,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told reporters Thursday. “If anything we should be looking at permanency on Title 42. Maybe that would spur us to get a good immigration policy that works for Americans and secure our borders — the borders have to be secure.”
Joining Manchin and Warner are also Sens. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who also reportedly sent Biden a letter urging him to refrain from ending the Title 42 policy until a replacement plan was fully in place to help protect the nation’s border.
“Ending Title 42 without a comprehensive plan in place puts at risk the health and safety of migrants and Arizona communities,” Sinema said in a statement of her own. Kelly likewise warned in his statement that there is “still not an adequate plan or sufficient coordination to end Title 42 without further straining our law enforcement, border communities, and nonprofits providing humanitarian assistance to migrants.”