The border emergency put in place in 2019 by then-president Donald Trump has become the latest casualty of President Joe Biden’s pen.
Even as thousands of illegal immigrants press toward the U.S. southern border, Biden wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), “I have determined that the declaration of a national emergency at our southern border was unwarranted.”
Pro-immigration advocates hope that Biden’s cancellation of the emergency will lead to the lifing of Title 42 health rules–something GOP lawmakers have warned the administration against.
“The Trump administration’s policy to use 42 U.S. Code § 265 is perhaps now the only policy ensuring the southern border is not immediately rushed,” a group of 50 GOP lawmakers wrote to Biden on February 9. “If title 42 is indeed rescinded, the daily illegal flow will become catastrophic overnight.”
Already in January, 78,000 illegal immigrants showed up at the border seeking asylum. How many more will show up in February and going forward if more restrictions are lifted?
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