WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – The Trump administration’s public health order to reject most migrants and asylum seekers at the border because of COVID-19 – called Title 42 – is set to end Wednesday.
Last year, the United States saw a record number of arrests at the U.S. border, and now border officials say we can expect the number of migrants arriving at the border to continue to rise if Title 42 ends.
Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) posted photos on Twitter showing a group of 187 migrants apprehended by US border patrol agents Sunday in Eagle Pass, Texas.
“It’s as bad as it’s ever been, it’s only getting worse,” Gonzales said.
According to Gonzales, there will be a huge increase in the number of migrants arriving at the border if the Biden administration allows Title 42 to expire.
“What you’re going to see is a humanitarian crisis on steroids,” Gonzales said.
“They have no plan in place to deal with what is already a disaster,” said Senator John Thune (R-SD).
Some Democrats joined the Republicans, urging the administration not to end the policy without a clear plan to help border communities deal with the influx.
But the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called on the Biden administration to stop using Title 42.
Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) Said in a tweet “Section 42 was never about public health – it was a way to keep people seeking refuge and protection out.”
The White House said any decision on the future of Title 42 is up to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We are currently reviewing the data and evaluating it now,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.
Walensky said a statement on whether the rule should be kept in place could come at any time.