The Biden administration announced it is terminating Title 42 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that began under Trump at the end of May, despite a worsening border crisis.
“After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC Director has determined that an Order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary,” the CDC said Friday.
The policy has been used to expel a majority of illegals at the southern border, sending back an estimated 55 percent of illegals in February.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott slammed Biden for endangering Americans by lifting the policy.
“President Biden’s open-border policies are an unmitigated disaster for national security. His recklessness has forced the State of Texas to take unprecedented steps to fill the gaps—including deploying Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and over 10,000 Texas National Guard soldiers, jailing illegal immigrants who are charged with trespassing, and becoming the first state ever to build a wall to secure the border,” Abbott said in a statement.
“Ending Title 42 expulsions will signal to cartels and migrants alike that our southern border is now wide open—inciting even more violence, more trafficking, and more lawlessness. President Biden clearly has no intention to secure the border by faithfully executing Congress’ command to detain and deport illegal immigrants,” the governor added. “His actions will only further endanger Texans, and the State of Texas must take even more unprecedented action to keep our communities safe by using any and all constitutional powers to protect its own territory.”
Top Democrats have been calling on Biden to rescind the health order, but Border agents worry about ramifications.
“We are expecting to get wrecked,” one Border Patrol agent told Fox News.
The Biden administration said it expects an “influx” at the border when the order ends on May 23.
“We are increasing our capacity to process new arrivals, evaluate asylum requests, and quickly remove those who do not qualify for protection,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said. “We will increase personnel and resources as needed and have already redeployed more than 600 law enforcement officers to the border. We are referring smugglers and certain border crossers for criminal prosecution. Over the next two months, we are putting in place additional, appropriate COVID-19 protocols, including ramping up our vaccination program.”