WASHINGTON — Senator Mike Braun released the following statement on President Biden’s decision to end Title 42, the policy that allows the U.S. to quickly expel migrants at the southern border.
“By ending Title 42, President Biden is welcoming hundreds of thousands more illegal immigrants to enter the US on top of the millions already crossing. His staff has said they know this will cause an ‘influx’ yet are still doing it. The radical left is running the White House.” – Senator Mike Braun
Border Patrol agents have voiced their concern that they are unprepared for the “surge on top of a surge” that the White House’s decision will create at the border.
Anti-border security political activists have been pressuring the White House to end Title 42. Several Democrats, including Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Maggie Hassan, have called upon the White House not to end Title 42.
White House Director of Communications Kate Bedingfield has confirmed that the White House is aware that their ending of Title 42 would result in an “influx of people at the border.”
There have been 805,157 encounters with migrants at the border less than 6 months into FY 2022, as compared to 405,036 encounters with migrants in the entire FY2020.
The Department of Homeland Security has estimated the number of migrants encountered daily at the border could swell to 18,000, up from 7,000 per day now.
In 2019, President Obama’s DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said that 1,000 border crossings a day is a “crisis” and that he could not imagine what 4,000 per day would look like: “I know that a thousand overwhelms the system. I cannot begin to imagine what 4,000 a day looks like, so we are truly in a crisis” Johnson said in that 2019 interview.