The United States will soon lose the ability to deport immigrants under the Title 42 public health order — an order that has become a central part of the response to the ongoing border crisis — after a court ruled this week that it The use is illegal, but Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas says there is a plan to deal with the consequences.
A U.S. District Court judge ruled this week that the government can no longer enforce Title 42, A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that allows expedited removal of immigrants at the border due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy has been in use since March 2020 to expedite the removal of most immigrants at the southern border rather than being processed in the United States.
The judge said the policy, implemented during the Trump administration and continued to some extent by the Biden administration, violates the Administrative Procedure Act. The Biden administration asked the judge for a five-week delay to prepare, which was granted Thursday.
Critics had argued that the policy prevented immigrants from claiming asylum on the pretext of a pandemic. The Biden administration claimed the policy contributed to the crisis by encouraging re-crossings and sought to repeal Title 42 earlier in the year. However, he faced significant opposition, including from Democrats, and a federal judge blocked him from doing so. It has since expanded Title 42 to include Venezuelan nationals to cope with a sudden surge in arrivals in recent months.
Federal court delays Title 42 border policy until December amid concerns over immigration surge
The judge’s repeal of Title 42 this week has renewed concerns that already high border numbers will increase after the main method of removing illegal immigrants ends on Dec. 21. A plan to address the eventual end of Title 42.
Meyerkas was questioned on the issue Wednesday by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla.
“We’re still waiting to try to figure out what happens now and how many people are going to cross the border. What’s the plan to deal with this mass migration, illegal immigration that’s now under Title 42. Coming later?” he asked the secretary at a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
Meyerkas suggested that DHS has control over it, saying the agency requested (and was granted) an “orderly wind-down” period for the policy and that the plan is as is. That the administration announced in April when it was Call for end of public health order
“What we are doing is exactly what we announced we would do in April of this year, and we are really following through on that plan,” he said.
He said the plan includes increasing personnel, technology and other resources at the border and increasing processing efficiency to “reduce overcrowding as much as possible.” Additionally, Meyerkas says the administration will focus on increased consequences for illegal immigration. Currently, under Title 42, most removed immigrants are removed without trial or conviction.
“We are increasing the consequences of illegal entry, particularly for those who attempt to evade law enforcement, including removal after bail, detention and criminal prosecution,” he said. ,” They said.
This is in addition to DHS’s efforts to build the capacity of nonprofits to target nonprofits and work with countries in the Western Hemisphere to discourage illegal immigration throughout the region. Is.
Meyerkas claimed that it is not just the United States that is seeing a crisis at its borders.
“The entire hemisphere is suffering from a migration crisis. We are seeing unprecedented movement of people from one country to another. It is not limited to the southern border,” he said.
DHS has said it began planning exercises last year to implement a plan to phase out Title 42, which the agency calls a “whole-of-government approach” to managing the expected increase in border encounters. ” has been named.
The judge stopped us from using Title 42 to deport immigrants
The agency has previously emphasized that, until then, Title 42 will remain in place.
“While the stay is in effect, DHSC will continue to process individuals in accordance with CDC’s Title 42 Public Health Order and to evacuate single adults and family units encountered at the Southwest Border,” the agency said.
“People should not listen to the lies of smugglers who would take advantage of vulnerable immigrants and put lives at risk. The border is closed, and we will continue to fully enforce our immigration laws at the border.”
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Meanwhile, Meyerkas is one of a number of Biden officials who have repeatedly declared that the border is “secure” despite the influx of more than 2.3 million immigrants in fiscal year 2022 and 1.7 million in fiscal year 2021. Meanwhile, sources told Fox News about 600,000 “gotaways” last fiscal year.
Border Patrol sources told Fox News they expect a new flood of immigrants once word gets south of the border that Title 42 has expired. The National Border Patrol Council predicts a “s— show” when the order ends.