The White House is considering an abrupt end of a policy enacted by former President Donald Trump that allows the U.S. Border Patrol a quick way to return immigrant families to Mexico.
A new Axios report on Sunday night revealed that Title 42, a Trump policy implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic, could end as soon as July 31.
The policy has allowed many illegal immigrants from Mexico to be quickly turned away from staying in the United States.
According to the report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has “opposed using the public health order to expel migrants.” It added that a White House official said “a public health decision that will be made ultimately on those grounds.”
The Washington Post reported earlier in June, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehension numbers for May released recently show the share of families — about 20 percent — being expelled under Title 42 continued to decline.”
Despite Title 42’s use, the report said in May “that eight out of 10 families that Border Patrol encountered were released into the country and allowed to pursue immigration cases.”
Iowa Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson tweeted, “Border Patrol agents told me we need to keep Title 42 in place as they attempt to manage the illegal immigration surge.”
Border Patrol agents told me we need to keep Title 42 in place as they attempt to manage the illegal immigration surge. Maybe if the @VP had been to the border & heard from those on the ground, the Admin wouldn’t be reversing policies law enforcement use to keep us safe. #IA01 https://t.co/0Vy8l0eaJv
— Ashley Hinson (@RepAshleyHinson) June 21, 2021
Title 42 has continued to be used by CBP to limit the number of illegal immigrants from Mexico who stay in the United States. More than 100,000 people were expelled in May, according to the CBP.
In may, CBP expelled 112,302 individuals under Title 42. CBP continues to expel single adults and family units that are encountered pursuant Title 42 authority. 62 percent of may encounters. But sure. Want to guess how many tried to cross again? https://t.co/rYn5EQg1Zk
— Steve (@stelenj) June 19, 2021
On May 11, South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, along with 19 other GOP governors, sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris urging them to take immediate action on the immigration crisis along the nation’s southern border.
“The cause of the border crisis is entirely due to reckless federal policy reversals executed within your first 100 days in office.
“The rhetoric of the Biden Administration and the rollback of critical agreements with our allies have led to the inhumane treatment of tens of thousands of children and undermined a fragile immigration system.”
Noem announced in April that South Dakota “won’t be taking any illegal immigrants that the Biden administration wants to relocate.”
South Dakota won’t be taking any illegal immigrants that the Biden Administration wants to relocate. My message to illegal immigrants… call me when you’re an American.
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) April 14, 2021
The letter to Biden and Harris emphasized the governor’s perspective, noting, “We have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this Administration’s misguided actions.”
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