Everyone can agree that the southern border is a complete mess. Former President Donald Trump tried his hardest to remedy this, by building the southern wall, at least in part and putting in laws like Title 42 which expels illegal aliens on public health grounds.
The leader of the labor union representing U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) employees, has warned that if Title 42 is removed by the Biden administration, the southern border will fall into the hands of the Mexican cartels.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), issued the warning during his interview with Fox News anchor Dana Perino.
“When you look right now, we already start our shifts with 50 percent of our resources not even performing enforcement activities; they’re in administrative duties,” he said. “Once this explodes, we’re going to have nearly 100 percent of our people doing administrative rather than enforcement duties.”
Judd added that in a “worst case scenario,” USBP would be unable to patrol the border due to the lack of available personnel. “We just don’t have anybody in the field, [and] that’s going to give complete control to the cartels. That’s a scary situation to be in.”
Former President Donald Trump implemented Title 42 during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is set to expire under President Joe Biden.
U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays issued a temporary restraining order (TRO), blocking the Biden administration from terminating it.
The Biden administration requested Summerhays make a final decision on the TRO for Title 42 by May 20 “to avoid uncertainty that could pose operational challenges.”
Alejandro Mayorkas, the Homeland Security Secretary however, said during a May 17 visit to the border section of the Rio Grande Valley, that the department is preparing to end Title 42
“That does not mean that the border is open beginning on May 23,” he remarked.
“We will continue to enforce the laws of this country … and remove individuals who do not qualify for relief under [its] laws.”
In the two years since its inception, Title 42 has successfully blocked more than 1.7 million illegal aliens at the Mexican border.
Since the current administration has taken the reins, deportations have declined dramatically.
Since Biden took office, there have only been 59,011 illegals expelled, compared to 2020 which was 185,884 and 2019 which was 267,258 according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data.
Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) tweeted on May 18 that the border crisis “clearly began” when Biden took office in January 2021. “If he ends Title 42 policies next week, we’re going to need a much taller chart.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said in a statement given to Fox News: “The Biden administration is scrambling five days before [its] own deadline to end Title 42 because [the president’s] open border policies have created, in the words of Mayorkas, an ‘unsustainable’ crisis for our country.”