Trump-era DHS officials warn of ‘catastrophic’ results if Biden administration ends Title 42 border expulsions


FIRST ON FOX: Former Homeland Security officials who served during the Trump administration are warning of dire consequences if the Biden administration ends a Trump-era public health rule that allows the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They’re not prepared for it, I think they’re going to do it, because they want an open borders agenda, but it’s going to be catastrophic,” former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Thomas Homan told Fox News. “The numbers I think are going to be very, very high.”

The Trump administration enacted Title 42 public health protections in March 2020 in response to the pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order allows for the rapid expulsion of migrants, often within minutes and without detention, at the border.

The Biden administration has kept the authority in place, despite pressure and legal action from liberal activists, although it has refused to apply it to unaccompanied children. Additionally, it has not been applying it to some migrant families, due to Mexico’s refusal to take back families with children under seven.

However, of the enormous 180,000 migrant encounters in May, 112,000 of those were turned back due to Title 42 — meaning that ending the authority would have significant consequences.

Biden’s DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said the agency is listening to the experts and the decision on when to repeal it for migrant families and single adults. But Axios reported that the administration is planning to end Title 42 for migrant families as early as the end of the month.

A White House official told the outlet that it’s “a public health decision that will be made ultimately on those grounds.” The New York Times reported that Title 42 could also be lifted for single adults in the summer. The Times said that the administration has considered plans to deal with a presumed surge in numbers entering the U. S. including by putting migrants into alternatives to detention facilities and having them wear ankle bracelets or by putting more families in expedited removal.

Trump-era officials say that, with the pandemic still ongoing, and with the removal of other policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the asylum cooperative agreements (ACA)s and other protections, ending Title 42 will lead to a massive amount of migrants entering the U. S., more than the amount allowed in already.

“It doesn’t really matter whether it’s this month or early in August, the timing is awful,” former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told Fox News. “We are in the midst of a historic crisis on that border, and instead of trying to implement measures that try and solve that issue, they’re doing exactly the opposite.”

“They are more worried about individuals trying to seek asylum than they are about keeping American communities safe is what it feels like to me,” he said…. (Read more)