Arizona is leading the charge in suing the President Joe Biden’s administration over its plan to rescind Title 42, one of the few remaining protections that allows for the deportation of illegal aliens.
“This suit challenges an imminent, man-made, self-inflicted calamity: the abrupt elimination of the only safety valve preventing this Administration’s disastrous border policies from devolving into an unmitigated chaos and catastrophe. Specifically, this action challenges the Biden Administration’s revocation of Title 42 border control measures, which will, absent judicial relief, become effective May 23, 2022,” says a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) and his counterparts in Missouri and Louisiana.
Former President Donald Trump implemented Title 42 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It allowed the United States to expel illegal aliens who attempted to cross the border, citing them as a public health risk.
But under the Biden administration’s U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal government has decided that illegal alien crossings no longer pose a danger to Americans.
“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 in statement.
The move will almost surely exacerbate the migrant crisis which has seen record numbers of aliens flow into the United States illegally over the past year.
Even some Democrats, including both Senators from Arizona, are worried about the order.
“This is the wrong decision. It’s unacceptable to end Title 42 without a plan and coordination in place to ensure a secure, orderly, and humane process at the border,” Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) reportedly said.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) criticized the Biden administration’s decision as premature, saying that ending Title 42 “despite not yet having a comprehensive plan ready shows a lack of understanding about the crisis at our border.”
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas said that the removal of the order is not premature.
“We are increasing our capacity to process new arrivals, evaluate asylum requests, and quickly remove those who do not qualify for protection,” according to Mayorkas. “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.”
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Pete D’Abrosca is a reporter at the Arizona Sun Times and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Mark Brnovich” by Mark Brnovich.