UPDATE: Some Democrats are attacking President Biden's decision to end a program started by former President Trump aimed at restricting asylum seekers at the border. The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that it is ending the policy that limited asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More details...
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, says the already-terrible situation at the U.S.-Mexico border is about to get much worse if the administration ends Title 42 in May as planned.
The policy, which was implemented by the Trump administration due to COVID-19, allows Border Patrol agents to return illegals to Mexico if they pose a health risk to the public.
“The problem with cancelling Title 42,” Mehlman explains, “is that in the interim, the Biden administration has sabotaged and torched every other mechanism to enforce our immigration laws and enforce the border.”
In other words, once Title 42 is removed, he says, there is nothing else left that allows the federal agents to turn back the flood of illegal aliens whose numbers have set record numbers this year.
According to the Border Patrol, its agents have encountered nearly 1 million illegal aliens in just the first six months of the fiscal year.
In February, Mehlman says, the Border Patrol returned 55% of the people who were crossing the border illegally because the agents could utilize Title 42.
"We are expecting to get wrecked," a Border Patrol agent told Fox News, because many illegals are living in Mexico and waiting for Title 42 to be dropped.
“Without that in place,” Mehlan says, “there's going to be virtually nobody who is going to be returned.”