Fox News has reported that the Biden administration has asked the Supreme Court to end Title 42, a Trump-era COVID policy which allows illegal migrants to be quickly deported.
The administration acknowledged on Tuesday that the move will likely cause “disruption” along the border. In response, one Republican governor has deployed troops.
National Guard and state police sent to El Paso
According to the Washington Examiner, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbot sent National Guard soldiers as well as officers with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to El Paso on Monday.
The paper cited an unnamed federal law enforcement agent who said Texas National Guard and DPS had taken up positions along the city’s southern edge.
They have been tasked with filling the gap left by Border Patrol personnel who are now preoccupied with processing thousands of illegal migrants.
The Examiner stated that some 13,000 migrants have been caught crossing the border near El Paso over the past week, with over 10,000 being released onto the city’s streets.
“Catastrophe of your own making”
On Tuesday, Abbott sent a letter to President Joe Biden in which he called the border crisis “a catastrophe of your own making.”
“These communities and the state are ill-equipped to do the job assigned to the federal government — house the thousands of migrants flooding into the country every day,” Abbott wrote.
“With perilous temperatures moving into the area, many of these migrants are at risk of freezing to death on city streets,” the governor added.
“The need to address this crisis is not the job of border states like Texas,” Abbot stressed. “Instead, the U.S. Constitution dictates that it is your job, Mr. President, to defend the borders of our country, regulate our nation’s immigration, and manage those who seek refuge here.”
Supreme Court temporarily blocks lifting of Title 42
Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Monday that Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has temporarily blocked a lower court order ending Title 42.
Fox News quoted a statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as saying that Title 42 “will remain in effect at this time and individuals who attempt to enter the United States unlawfully will continue to be expelled to Mexico.”
“While this stage of the litigation proceeds, we will continue our preparations to manage the border in a safe, orderly, and humane way when the Title 42 public health order lifts,” the statement continued.
“We urge Congress to use this time to provide the funds we have requested for border security and management and advance the comprehensive immigration measures President Biden proposed on his first day in office,” it concluded.