The border crisis has been steadily ballooning out of control for the past several months, in spite of initial attempts to downplay its seriousness. As a result, the Biden administration has quietly resurrected a policy from the Trump administration, the Title 42 policy. Per this policy, border patrol officials have the power to turn away illegal migrants at the border in order to help stem the rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.
Earlier in the week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Title 42 would continue to remain in effect, at least until illegal immigrants no longer posed a COVID-related health threat to the United States.
The CDC announcement comes after the Biden administration has received significant criticism for its apparent inability or unwillingness to enforce Title 42 effectively. On the contrary, the Biden administration has opted to transport multiple thousands of illegal immigrants, many of whom have COVID, to cities all over the nation, exacerbating the pandemic. Additionally, record numbers of unaccompanied minors have been stopped at the border in the past month alone.
Minors, however, should not be exempt from Title 42, according to various critics, who argue that such an exemption would exacerbate serious, ongoing problems at the border.
According to Representative Michael Burgess (R-TX), the coyotes and cartels will have a nefarious translation of the failure to enforce Title 42, but he adds that the resurrection of Title 42 is “a step in the right direction.”
Adding that he “will give the Biden administration credit for that, Burgess continued onwards to say that the continuation of Title 42 did occur late, and “it should have happened easily a month ago.”
.@CBP will continue to process individuals in accordance with @CDCgov's updated Title 42 Order. We take our responsibility to protect the health and safety of communities we serve, and individuals in our custody, seriously. ⬇️ https://t.co/4uAkmP7rdK
— CBP Troy Miller (@CBPTroyMiller) August 3, 2021
Title 42 was ultimately renewed after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) revived a lawsuit that was designed to overturn the order earlier in the week. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded to the ACLU with troubling statistics, including the fact that a record number of 210,000 illegal immigrants had been encountered at the border in the month of July alone.
As a result, border operations have been significantly strained, especially when facilities have become filled beyond normal operating capacities. During times of a pandemic, overcrowding has resulted in significant health risks as well.