Title 42 is ‘part of the problem’: Democrat Senator Bob Menendez claims Republicans ‘don’t want the solution’ as they push for Biden to extend the pandemic-era policy to stop surging migration
- Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said on Fox News Sunday: ‘Title 42 is not the solution, it’s part of the problem’
- ‘Our Republican colleagues, however, they want the issue, they don’t want the solution,’ the New Jersey lawmaker added
- Republicans are pushing President Joe Biden not to end pandemic-era Title 42
- The policy allowed for the expulsion of migrants without hearing their asylum claims during the coroanvirus public health emergency
- DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said it is time to get back to the usual asylum process in the U.S. despite warnings it could triple the number of crossings
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said that Title 42 is ‘not the solution’ for the mass migration surge as Republicans push to keep the pandemic-era policy to stop a potential tripling in already record-breaking numbers.
‘Title 42 is not the solution, it’s part of the problem,’ the New Jersey lawmaker told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning.
‘There needs to be a comprehensive immigration plan,’ he continued to host Chuck Todd. ‘Our Republican colleagues, however, they want the issue, they don’t want the solution.’
Many Democrats are joining Republicans in calls for the Biden administration to keep Title 42 in place after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last month that the policy will end on May 23.
The Democrats who oppose the policy ending claim that there is not a good alternative to quell the record-breaking surge in migration at the southern border.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said on Fox News Sunday that ‘there is unanimity about the fact that the [immigration] system is broken.’
Title 42 is a public health policy that allows for immigration agencies to expel migrants from the U.S. without hearing their asylum claims in the midst of a public health emergency. It was enacted during Donald Trump’s presidency in March 2020 and has been upheld and defended in court by President Joe Biden.
Democratic New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez said Sunday morning: ‘Title 42 is not the solution, it’s part of the problem… Our Republican colleagues, however, they want the issue, they don’t want the solution’
Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (center) led a GOP delegation to the southern border last week as the party pushes the Biden administration not to end pandemic-era Title 42
A caravan of migrants from different countries walk through Chiapas, Mexico on April 26, 2022 as they head to the U.S. to claim asylum as Biden’s immigration agencies plan to end Title 42 later this month
Menendez, a Democrat who does want Title 42 to end, argues that while it is still in place, migrants are able to try and re-enter multiple times without facing legal precautions because their asylum claims were never processed and denied or approved.
‘Who, who wants to control the border would permit a provision that allows countless numbers of times an individual can try to cross the border?’ the senator questioned. ‘That’s what Title 42 does.’
‘There’s no permanent adjudication of those who have a right under asylum and those who do not have a right and then would have an order of deportation – and if they try to come back there would be criminal penalties for it. That would stop it,’ Menendez assured.
Even though the CDC made the decision to end the policy, Biden will pay the political price.
The administration has said if courts decide the policy should remain for now, it will comply and extend Title 42.
Republicans point out hypocrisy in Biden’s team ending Title 42 without also putting an end to the declared public health emergency – and there are a few bipartisan bills on Capitol Hill right now attempting to extend the policy until the declaration also ends.
Mayorkas told Fox News host Bret Baier on Sunday morning that it is time to get back to normal U.S. immigration policies, which includes hearing asylum claims from migrants who cross the border and say they fear for their life in returning to their home country.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas explained to Fox News Sunday that asylum proceedings must continue despite warning it will lead to a tripling in illegal crossings when Title 42 ends
Biden has face increased criticism for lack of action at the southern border, leading to record-setting illegal immigration figures of upwards of 2.5 million since he took office last January.
In March alone, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 221,303 migrants crossing the southern border from Mexico into the U.S., up from the 165,894 in February.
The previous decades-high was set in July 2021, about six months after Biden took office, when CBP encountered 213,593 migrants.
Internal estimates predict that the number of crossings could rise from the current 8,000 each day to 18,000 per day once Title 42 ends later this month – others claim crossing could close to triple as early summer tends to produce the highest number of crossings each year.
Images emerged recently of caravans of migrants from several different countries heading to the U.S.-Mexico border from the south.
The matter is further complicated by a slew of Ukrainian migrants fleeing to the U.S. from Eastern Europe after Russia launched a full-scaled invasion in late February.