You’ll be hearing the term “Title 42” a lot in the coming days.
Title 42 is a U.S. law that gives the government the power to shut down the border as an emergency action to keep communicable diseases out of the country. Presidents have used the power in the past. In June 1929, President Herbert Hoover restricted the “transportation of passengers” from China and the Philippines because of a meningitis outbreak.
President Donald Trump used Title 42 in 2020 as the COVID pandemic broke out worldwide. And in a wise move, President Joe Biden kept the rule in place. Since it was enacted, more than two million people have been expelled.
But families seeking U.S. asylum filed a lawsuit, and a federal judge ordered the Biden administration to lift Title 42 by December 21. Once that happens, the floodgates will open. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials told U.S. lawmakers last Wednesday that some 50,000 foreigners are already waiting to cross into the U.S. once Title 42 is lifted.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott warned of the coming mayhem.
“If the courts don’t intervene and put a halt of removal to the Title 42 it’s going to be total chaos,” Abbott said during an interview broadcast on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”
Host Martha Raddatz exposed her clear bias when she asked the governor about his claims that Biden supports an open border.
“You talk about the border wall, you talk about open borders, I don’t think I’ve ever heard President Biden say, ‘We have an open border, come on over.’ But people I have heard say it are you, President Trump, [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis, that message reverberates in Mexico and beyond. So they do get the message that it’s an open border and smugglers use all those kind of statements.”
“It was known from the time that Joe Biden got elected that Joe Biden supported open borders,” Abbott said. “It is known by the cartels who have sophisticated information whether or not the Biden administration is going to enforce the immigration laws or not is known across the world but most importantly, known among the cartels.”
Abbott said the rule should be kept in place not only for COVID. “Whether it’s COVID or some other issue, when you have people coming across the globe without knowing at all what their health status is, that almost by definition is a public health risk. There’s every reason to keep that in place.”
“Some do come across with COVID and no one knows exactly who comes across with COVID. These people are not tested when they come across the border and so who knows how many people have COVID, who knows what other type of disease they may have. The answer is nobody knows because nobody is testing them,” the governor said.
And as few Republicans do, Abbott pointed out that there is a full process in place for foreigners to enter the country legally.
“This is very important because there are people across the globe who have a valid, a solid reason to come to the United States, but they can do so legally right now. The people who have the ability to come to the United States legally get pushed further and further and further back in the line every single day with the thousands of illegal immigrants coming across the border,” Abbott said.
Raddatz sought to attack Abbott for busing migrants to other parts of the country, but the governor explained just why he does so.
“The real reason behind it is because communities like Del Rio and Eagle Pass and others, they are having thousands of people dumped off into their communities, thousands of migrants, dumped off in their communities. They don’t have the capability of dealing with that vast number of migrants and I removed them to locations that self-identified as sanctuary cities that have the capability and the desire to help out these migrants and so that’s exactly what’s taken place,” he said.
In fact, the Democratic mayor of the Texas border city of El Paso on Saturday declared a state of emergency, citing the hundreds of homeless migrants sleeping on city streets and the thousands being apprehended every day trying to cross the border.
Abbott is right. It’s about to be “chaos” at the border – a place Biden has never visited, and “Border Czar” Vice President Kamala Harris has stopped by only once for a brief tour. It’s clear that neither see the crisis as pressing.
But don’t worry, there’s plenty of money to take care of the coming throngs of migrants.
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Joseph Curl has covered politics for 35 years, including 12 years as White House correspondent for a national newspaper. He was also the a.m. editor of the Drudge Report for four years. Send tips to [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @josephcurl.