A Trump-era pandemic policy to turn back migrants at the southern border is set to expire, and Republicans continue to sound the alarm on how that will worsen the border crisis.
Since President Biden signed an end to the COVID emergency declaration, Title 42 is ending Thursday.
According to several reports, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents are already being overwhelmed by an influx of migrants and are unprepared for the change.
NEW: Per multiple CBP sources, last night, CBP & Border Patrol leadership made decision to authorize all Border Patrol sectors to begin “safe” street releases of migrants to communities across border *if* NGO shelters and CBP facilities do not have the capacity to hold them.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 9, 2023
Members of the Alabama Republican Congressional delegation are blaming the Biden administration for the worsening crisis.
U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer said the “Biden administration allowed this to happen.”
Border towns are being overrun by mass illegal immigration and it will only get worse on Thursday. The Biden administration has allowed this to happen. https://t.co/1J1IB1mqCy
— Gary Palmer (@USRepGaryPalmer) May 9, 2023
Palmer also said Biden is trying to fix the problem his administration created in the first place.
President Biden has known for months Title 42 was going to end. Instead of securing our border, he is preparing for the chaos that is likely to happen because of his administration's willful negligence of our nation's sovereignty. https://t.co/Jxigy09KeA
— Gary Palmer (@USRepGaryPalmer) May 5, 2023
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) said this “is a problem entirely of President Biden’s making.”
This is a problem entirely of President Biden's making. His Administration has never taken the crisis at the border seriously, which has only caused the problem to feed on itself and get worse. https://t.co/vfRwh05Als
— Robert Aderholt (@Robert_Aderholt) May 9, 2023
The Republicans in the House plan to bring the “Secure the Border Act of 2023” to the floor soon for a vote. The plan calls for hiring more border patrol agents and mandates the completion of the border wall. The White House has already threatened to veto the measure.
Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) highlighted the bill as a way to help fix the current crisis.
“[House GOP] is bringing legislation to the floor this week to force the Biden Administration to restart construction of the border wall and end this,” Carl said on Twitter.
There have been 26,382 migrant apprehensions in the last 72 hours, which is the same amount of time before Title 42 expires. @HouseGOP is bringing legislation to the floor this week to force the Biden Administration to restart construction of the border wall and end this crisis.
— Rep. Jerry Carl (@RepJerryCarl) May 9, 2023
Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said the Biden administration is totally unprepared to deal with the growing numbers of illegal immigrants that will show up at the border after Thursday.
“Title 42 hasn’t even ended, and we are already seeing migrants flood across our southern border in the highest daily average EVER recorded,” Moore said on Twitter. “What happens May 11?”
Title 42 hasn't even ended, and we are already seeing migrants flood across our southern border in the highest daily average EVER recorded. What happens May 11? https://t.co/NSp8kL3Zs1
— Rep. Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) May 8, 2023
He also said Biden’s plan is to just “release thousands of illegal immigrants at random locations in border communities.”
President Biden's plan to address the border crisis?
Release thousands of illegal immigrants at random locations in border communities. https://t.co/RwHOiVwbGc
— Rep. Barry Moore (@RepBarryMoore) May 9, 2023
Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” weekdays 9-11 a.m. on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee
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