The White House has weighed in on the pushback against ending Title 42, which was put in place under Donald Trump’s administration as a measure to fend off some of the illegal migrants making their way into the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Biden Administration Title 42 is not “an immigration plan,” adding that there should be a plan to fix the “broken immigration system” which is what, according to the White House, is causing all the crisis at the southern border.
Fox News reported that both Republicans and Democrats are pushing back against the White House for their decision to end Title 42, which has been in place since March of 2020 and work to expel the bulk of the migrants who crossed the border illegally.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that it’s “important to remember” that Title 42 “is not an immigration authority,” or “an immigration plan.”
“There is no question we have a broken immigration system,” Psaki said Monday.
“There’s more we need to do. We’ve been saying that from the first day the president took office, and anyone who wants to work on that, Democrats, Republicans, anyone, how we can put smarter security in place, how we can have an asylum processing system that works, we would love to do that.”
However, White House official told Fox News that under Title 42 “a significant percentage of migrants have re-attempted to enter the United States illegally following their rapid expulsions because they were not placed in immigration proceedings, not processed through our system…”
In the statement, the White House official continued to assure Fox that those who fall under the order “ultimately faced no consequences for attempting to re-enter the country illegally.”
Concern about the border is not something most consider to be unwarranted, however. As of mid-April, more than 90,000 individuals were expelled for attempting to cross the border under the order.
Additionally, they were warned that they have “no legal barrier to trying again and again,” according to Fox News.
“Once Title 42 is lifted—on May 23rd—if these people come to the border, they have no legal basis to remain, they will be removed, and if they try again, they will be committing a crime,” the official told Fox News.
“So, let me be clear — individuals who cross the border without legal authorization will be promptly placed into removal proceedings and, if unable to establish a legal basis to remain in the United States, will be expeditiously removed, and returned to their country of origin,” the official added.