During the COVID pandemic, citizens of the United States lived under various levels of lockdown, with their liberties under pressure from state and national leaders.
In order to try to slow the rate of illegal aliens trying to enter the US early on in the Pandemic, Title 42 was instituted by former President Donald Trump’s administration which allowed migrants to be quickly deported. It has remained in place under Biden, but the president announced recently that he plans to rescind the policy effective late May.
If Title 42 is allowed to end, the Border Patrol, DHS, other government officials, and immigration watchdog organizations are predicting that a massive number of those previously deported or not allowed in at all, will collectively return to try again. The numbers in the expected wave are shocking, even to open border zealots in the Biden administration.
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For those elected to serve in US/Mexico border cities, the huge numbers of illegals already being dropped off have overwhelmed their communities.
One of them, Rep. Henry Cuellar on Thursday said the Biden administration told him it’s planning to use law enforcement officers from the northern U.S. to deal with a massive surge in migrants coming to the southern border when Title 42 ends.
Cuellar, D-Texas, who represents a border community and opposes many of President Biden’s border policies, also said it seems the administration seems more interested in quickly moving migrants into the country than border security.
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“What we’ve gotten from the White House is their plan to handle this large number of people. Part of that plan is to move some of the officers from the northern part of the United States to the southern part. But that’s only temporary,” Cuellar told Fox News Digital in a Thursday interview.
Moving personnel from northern areas would mean they are not able to address some of the issues they are tasked with, Cuellar continued. “It’s almost like bringing people so they can be more efficient in allowing the migrants to come into the United States… It’s ‘how do we move the migrants faster from the border out into the interior?’”
“They are processed, they’re released or taken over to bus stations or other places, airports,” Cuellar said Thursday when asked how lifting Title 42 will affect his South Texas district. “So, you know who carries the burden of taking care of those folks? It’s going to be the local communities, the local not-for-profits.”
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson confirmed that the department is moving officers to the border.
“We have put in place a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to manage any potential increase in the number of migrants encountered at our border, and DHS has established a Southwest Border Coordination Center to execute those plans,” the spokesperson said. “We are increasing our capacity to process new arrivals, evaluate asylum requests, and quickly remove those who do not qualify for protection. We will increase personnel and resources as needed and have already redeployed more than 600 law enforcement officers to the border.”
“As we’ve been talking about, DHS has a plan,” White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday. “DHS is implementing a comprehensive strategy… to address a potential increase in the number of border encounters.”
Jean-Pierre added: “This strategy includes acquiring and deploying resources to address increased volumes that… involves moving officers, agents, DHS volunteer force personnel to rapidly decompress points along the border and more efficiently process migrants.”
But Cueller said those details underscore what he and others say is a premature lifting of Title 42 without taking into account what people directly affected by the decision think.
“They need to listen to border communities,” Cuellar said of the Biden administration. “Who’s listening to the landowners, who’s listening… to the judges, the county judges, the sheriffs, the mayors, and the border communities? And then finally, who’s listening to the men and women in green and blue, the ones that provide border security? “