When asked Wednesday if the Biden administration might delay Title 42’s removal, Psaki replied, “We plan and prepare for Title 42’s end on May 23.”
Another reporter inquired if there was a plan for additional funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as they deal with illegal border crossings that have increased since the expiration or near expiration of Title 42.
Psaki stated that there are many options for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but he did not suggest that additional funds were in the works.
These options include prioritizing and reallocating funds, asking for additional support from federal agencies if needed (and) engaging in that discussion with Congress.”
This week, Ohio’s Rep. Tim Ryan became one of many Democrats to end the bidenian grip on Title 42.
Ryan stated in a Fox News statement that the Administration’s decision not to repeal Title 42 was reckless and wrong. “Prematurely ending the policy without a way forward is not going to keep Americans safe, support Border Patrol agents, protect asylum seekers, or fix the immigration system in its entirety.
Later Wednesday, Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak warned Biden that repealing Title 42 without a plan would create chaos at the border and place a greater burden on legal immigrants.
Sisolak stated that “our country cannot suffer another humanitarian crisis at U.S. Mexico border.” “Rolling back the policy without a comprehensive mitigation strategy should not be our way forward.”
As the U.S. prepares to receive even more people with the anticipated lifting of a pandemic order that barred asylum seekers, migrants attempted to cross the U.S.–Mexico border at its highest level in 20 years.
Since President Joe Biden’s election, the number of migrants has increased almost every month. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, March saw 221,303 migrants stopped at the Southwest border by immigration authorities. This is 33% more than a month ago.
In March, the number of illegal crossings (or those who are not allowed to enter the country) reached 209,906 – surpassing the July record of 200,658 and the highest level since March 2000 when it was 220,063.