The White House said it will comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling to keep Title 42 in place, but blamed Republicans for the growing border crisis.
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre focused on expanding options for migrants during her response on Tuesday, despite thousands of illegal immigrants entering the nation each day.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court has correctly ruled that Title 42 remain in place.
Rescinding this policy would’ve given a green light to THOUSANDS more illegal migrants lined up to cross our southern border.
Another loss for the Biden admin & a WIN for the American people.
— Congressman Ben Cline (@RepBenCline) December 27, 2022
“Title 42 is a public health measure, not an immigration enforcement measure, and it should not be extended indefinitely,” Jean-Pierre wrote Tuesday in a statement.
“To truly fix our broken immigration system, we need Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform measures like the ones President Biden proposed on his first day in office,” she continued.
“Today’s order gives Republicans in Congress plenty of time to move past political finger-pointing and join their Democratic colleagues in solving the challenge at our border by passing the comprehensive reform measures and delivering the additional funds for border security that President Biden has requested,” Jean-Pierre added.
Supreme Court praised for Title 42 border security ruling: ‘Huge victory’ https://t.co/zoMDr9HARQ
— Fox News (@FoxNews) December 28, 2022
A major victory
Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Marsha (Catron) Espinosa said the department will enforce the policy.
“As required by today’s Supreme Court order, the Title 42 public health order will remain in effect and individuals who attempt to enter the United States unlawfully will continue to be expelled to Mexico or their home country,” she tweeted.
“People should not listen to the lies of smugglers who take advantage of vulnerable migrants, putting lives at risk. The border is not open, and we will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws.”
As required by today’s Supreme Court order, the Title 42 public health order will remain in effect and individuals who attempt to enter the United States unlawfully will continue to be expelled to Mexico or their home country.
— Marsha (Catron) Espinosa (@MCatronDHS) December 27, 2022
Major victory for conservatives
Conservatives are calling the ruling a major victory, as Title 42 will continue to allow Border Patrol to turn away more migrants at the border.
The policy will head to the Supreme Court in February, meaning the policy will stay in effect until that time.
The highest court in the nation will then have its say regarding the policy and its impact on the growing border crisis.