Title 42, enacted under then-President Trump in March of 2020, is based on a 144 federal law concerning the spread of communicable diseases.
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Although border control policies fall under Title 8, Title 42 has enabled authorities to control the massive influx of migrants coming through the U.S. southern border, stopping around 1.7 million illegal immigrants from entering the country.
When the CDC announced last month it was dropping Title 42 after more than two years, it was immediately met with backlash from Republicans, national security hawks, and even some Democrats who claimed it would leave the border wide open for illegal immigration, Daily Mail reports.
Many also argued that it didn’t make sense to lift Title 42 while the U.S. is still in an active declared state of emergency due to COVID-19.
Judge Robert Summerhays of the Western District of Louisiana ruled Friday on a temporary stay for Biden’s end to Title 42 restrictions after a lawsuit was filed and signed on by two dozen Republican-led states, Daily Mail continues.
The Trump appointee granted a preliminary injunction on the Biden administration’s move to end the restriction in response to the lawsuit led by Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri.
The lawsuit argues the CDC is violating the Administrative Procedures Act because it did not provide a notice-and-comment period for the plan to lift Title 42.
The plaintiffs also claim the Biden administration failed to account for the added cost to the states – especially border states – of more migrants being allowed into the U.S.
In a political shell game, hundreds of migrants were released from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody into the U.S. – the same day Title 42 was supposed to expire before the move by the Biden administration was blocked by Summerhays.
Border Patrol was ready, however, in case the law was repealed creating a tidal wave of illegal immigrants.
Busloads of single male migrants arrived at Border Hope nonprofit Mission in Eagle Pass, Texas on Monday, where they will receive shelter and food before they travel to their final destination within the U.S.
Governor Greg Abbot of Texas said that neither President Joe Biden nor Vice President Kamala Harris have personally reached out to him to speak about the southern border crisis, Daily Mail reports.
‘Abbott said Monday that Texas has been forced to ‘fight’ against the Biden administration regarding border security and said he wants to flood Washington, D.C. with 450 buses of migrants so the nations’ capital can experience what his state’s communities are facing.’
‘President Biden has never once even tried to contact me about the border,’ Abbott said. ‘The czar for the border, Kamala Harris, has never once tried to contact me.’
‘My last contact with [Homeland Security] Secretary Mayorkas was something like in February a year ago,’ he continued. ‘They have no interest in talking to Texas or talking to leaders who are actually on the border. Remember Joe Biden himself has never even been to the border.’
‘We are in a crisis that was man-made by President Biden, who doesn’t want to take the time to even come to the border or talk to the governor of a border state,’ the Texas governor stated.
Governor Abbot spoke at a press conference with members of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and U.S. National Guard in Eagle Pass, Texas on Monday afternoon, and said that the cities and towns in his state are seeing ‘illegal migrants dumped off in their communities’ by the busloads every day, Daily Mail reports.
Abbott is sending a message to migrants trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico that they will be met with force – making clear with a fleet of Humvees and armed National Guard soldiers that the state is still enforcing Title 42.
‘They had no capability of dealing with them,’ Abbott told the press gathered in Eagle Pass City Hall. ‘And they talked about having to put them on buses and send them up to San Antonio. I said, I’ve got a better idea – we’re going to send them to Washington, D.C.’
‘We’re trying to help communities… along the southern border not have to deal with this tidal wave of people in their communities,’ he added. ‘So we are a relief valve for those communities by moving the migrants out and getting them to Washington, D.C.’
‘And we’re up to our 45th bus now, when you add a zero to that, I think Washington D.C. is going to soon find out they’re dealing with the same consequences as we’re dealing with,’ Abbott proposed.
Abbott is sending the immigrants to Washington DC to impress on disconnected lawmakers the chaos and issues involved with the massive influx.
Despite all this, several National Guard soldiers in Eagle Pass told DailyMail.com that they are still expecting the surge previously predicted with the end of Title 42.
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Migrants on the other side of the border insist that even though the policy isn’t being lifted, they still plan to cross the Rio Grande into the U.S. later in the day.
It seems the battle in U.S. policies is creating confusion at the border.
Migrants from Venezuela and Nicaragua turn themselves into National Guard soldiers in Del Rio, Texas on Monday, May 23