Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar of the border district accused the Biden administration of ‘listening to immigration activists’ more than lawmakers and agents at the border.
The Texas lawmaker told Fox News Sunday he has informed the White House that Title 42 should be kept in place until the public health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted — at the earliest. .
“We told them but they said they were going to keep lifting the title,” he told host Sandra Smith.
“But the point is, yes, they’re listening to immigration activists,” Cuellar said, referring to the White House. “But my question is, who is listening to the men and women in green and blue? And more importantly, who is listening to the border communities, the sheriffs, the landowners, the rest of the people living at the border? ‘
“I was in Roma, I was with a lot of people there, not only government officials but also other people – none of them said, ‘yes, go ahead and lift the 42nd Title,’ he said. said more. “None of them said ‘open the border. “
‘They are very concerned because they are on the front lines and they are the people that I think, we need to listen to. We need to listen to border communities,’ the lawmaker insisted.
Texas Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar accuses Biden administration of sending ‘mixed messages’ with the end of Title 42 but keeping other COVID-related policies in place
Cuellar’s county includes hundreds of miles of southern border along the Rio Grande River that separates Texas and Mexico – it also stretches into the state to include parts of San Antonio
‘Yes, they are listening to immigration activists. But my question is… who is listening to the border communities, the sheriff, the landowners, the rest of the people living at the border? ‘ Cuellar questioned. ‘We need to listen to border communities.’ Pictured: Migrants seeking asylum from Haiti cross the Rio Bravo River into El Paso, Texas on Friday, April 22, 2022
Since Biden took office, more than 2.4 million migrants have been detained by CBP. Last month hit a new high with 221,303 encounters in March alone
Cuellar’s county runs along the Rio Grande River from just west of McAllen, Texas up to the western border for hundreds of miles – it also includes parts of San Antonio and the border towns of Loredo and the City of Rio Grande.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the authority to trigger Title 42, announced earlier this month that it would end the program on May 23.
Public health policy allows immigration authorities to immediately deport migrants who cross the border into the United States without hearing their asylum claims. Under typical Title 8 in the immigration code, if an individual crosses the border and expresses fear of returning to their home country, a lengthy asylum application process is immediately initiated.
Bipartisan bills in Congress are trying to stop the administration from ending Title 42 before the public health emergency is lifted by the White House.
‘How can you ask international travelers to make sure … they are vaccinated or even have a negative COVID-19 test if they fly in?’ Cuellar asked the question during his interview with Fox on Sunday morning.
‘How can we let the federal public emergency last until July 15 and say there’s a pandemic going on in the US, but at the border everything is fine and just let people entering the United States? ” he continued.
‘Those are mixed messages.’
A large influx of migrants is expected next month after Title 42 ends on May 23, 2022. Photo: People line up fences with ladders at the Mexican side of the border in Tecate on Thursday, April 21, 2022 – then men use ropes to lower themselves to the US side of the wall
A Haitian asylum seeker from Mexico comes to the US to make himself a Border Patrol agent in El Paso, Texas on Friday, April 22, 2022
The White House has received massive pressure from immigration advocates to end enforcement of Title 42, even though the Biden administration has supported the Trump-era policy and even defended it in court over the past year and a half.
Now that Biden’s team has announced its end, Republicans and some Democrats have expressed outrage at the move that is sure to triple the current migration crisis at the border. southern world, according to internal estimates.
March saw the latest record number of arrests by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with 221,303 arrests in the last month alone. This is a number not seen in decades and broke the last high of 213,593 in July 2021.
Concerns are growing that the lifting of Title 42 coincides with peak illegal immigration season in the Spring and Summer months.
Since Biden took office in late January 2021, CBP has detained more than 2.4 million migrants across the southern border.
Some estimates predict that the current 8,000 migrants crossing the border could grow to 18,000 when Title 42 is lifted next month. And some groups warn that there are already hundreds of thousands of migrants within days of reaching the border ready to cross once the policy is no longer in place.