President Joe Biden’s administration recently announced that the Title 42 public health order, which allowed for the immediate expulsion of migrants at the border due to pandemic concerns, will end on May 23.
That will almost certainly result in an unmitigated disaster and “national catastrophe” at the southern border, according to a Fox News op-ed from U.S. Army veteran and Texas congressional candidate Wesley Hunt.
Title 42, which was authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and first implemented in March 2020 by then-President Donald Trump, is not a border security policy, per se, but has nonetheless proven quite effective in reducing the otherwise minimally-restricted flow of illegal migration into the country under Biden’s policies of non-enforcement.
Verge of catastrophe
Hunt noted how President Biden had already revoked or rolled back nearly all of his predecessor’s effective border security solutions, causing a substantial surge of roughly double the number of illegal migrants apprehended at the southern border — and the rate of new arrivals seeking entry has only continued to increase.
Now, with Title 42 ending, it will be “the last pillar to fall before a historic flood of migrants sweeps across our southern border,” he wrote.
“The Biden administration is sending a message across Central and South America that our southern border is wide open and ready for a flood of migrants. The cartels, smugglers, and caravans have heard Biden’s message loud and clear!” Hunt continued.
The repeal of Title 42 will be catastrophic. It will flood an already broken immigration system, it will increase fentanyl deaths across our country, and human trafficking will surge. Perhaps worse of all, Mexican drug cartels will be emboldened to take over control of the U.S.- Mexico border, which is a national security threat to our country.
“We must keep Title 42, re-enact Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy, heavily invest in our [Customs and Border Protection] officers and technology down at the border, and commit to enforcing our existing immigration laws,” Hunt concluded.
“A country without borders cannot be a sovereign nation, and Joe Biden is making sure this happens to the United States of America.”
Hunt is far from alone in raising the alarm over the imminent end of Title 42, as Biden’s own CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus recently admitted in a statement:
“As a result of the CDC’s termination of its Title 42 public health order, we will likely face an increase in encounters above the current high levels. There are a significant number of individuals who were unable to access the asylum system for the past two years, and who may decide that now is the time to come.”
Similarly, CBS News reported last week just prior to the Title 42 termination announcement was made official that, according to an unnamed official, DHS was scrambling to make preparations for an expected flood of migrants seeking entry and claiming asylum at the nation’s borders.
It was noted that, currently, border agents face roughly 7,000 encounters per day at the border, or a little more than 2 million per year. Without Title 42, officials are expecting that number to rise as high as 18,000 per day, or around half a million every month, which means as many as 6 to 7 million migrant encounters per year.
That will undoubtedly overwhelm the already stretched thin border security apparatus and prove economically and socially detrimental to the nation at large, including American citizens and legal migrants who entered the country through the proper procedures.