House appropriators had a voice vote to extend Title 42 earlier today, with the Trump-era policy set for a six-month extension in the Department of Homeland Security’s budget.
The Hill reports that the amendment was sponsored by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.).
“But the Newhouse amendment would require the Biden administration to keep the policy in place for another 180 days beyond the date that Title 42 is eventually terminated.
The House Appropriations Committee contains a number of Democrats in vulnerable districts, and a source told The Hill a whip count found more than half a dozen Democrats serving on the committee were willing to support Newhouse’s amendment.”
Title 42 was extended last month after a ruling from a federal judge blocked the lifting of the order by the Biden administration.
This is good news for those concerned about the border crisis, which seems to be going from bad to worse.
As we blogged about just last week, May was another record breaking month with 239K+ illegal border crossings.
A report from the NY Post chronicled the Biden administration’s plan to dump illegal border crossers apprehended in Texas to communities hours from where they were originally found.
“Currently, immigrants who cross the border illegally and are seeking asylum are released after being processed by the Border Patrol and ICE. They are usually dropped off at bus stations in border communities such as Del Rio, Texas, where a Stripes gas station doubles as the bus depot. The immigrants then usually head to cities in the interior of the United States and do not plan on staying in border communities. While they wait to get a bus ticket or airfare to their final destination, they usually remain in small border towns, sometimes without a place to sleep.”
As you can imagine, local officials aren’t enthused about getting an influx of illegal immigrants pushed into their cities and towns.
Fox News also reported that as a result of the surge at the border, one town had hundreds of illegal aliens wandering around the side of the road.
Title 42 isn’t a silver bullet, but right now every little bit helps with mitigating the crisis at our border.
With that said, long term you can’t just move the problem somewhere else, or continually rely on extending temporary policies.
The solution to end the border crisis is simple; it’s to enforce federal immigration laws.
If not, the crisis at our border will continue to spiral out of control and blossom into something far worse than we ever could have imagined.