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Democrats Panic Over Border Disaster

Four Democrat senators contacted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas with concerns regarding the impending end of Title 42. Title 42 was originally enacted in 2020 and it was a health policy that was meant to stop the migrants at the border in an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The policy was originally created under the Trump administration in March 2020, and it allowed migrants to be quickly removed from the border. On Nov. 15, a federal judge ruled that there was no longer a public health threat that would warrant Title 42 to continue being in place. They also set the final expiration date of this order as Dec. 21.

Sens. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz.; Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.; Maggie Hassan, D-N.H.; and Jon Tester, D-Mont., outlined their concerns about the end of Title 42 in a letter that was made public on Monday. In the letter they spoke about how this past year has had a record number of encounters, and that in many places including Arizona, shelters are at full capacity. They further wrote how in El Paso there have been more than 700 migrants who have been released onto the streets because there was no facility to house them.

Since March 2020, Title 42 has been used to initiate over 2.3 million removals. White House officials are expecting that as soon as the policy expires there will be around 18,000 migrants crossing the southern border daily.

Written by CFP Staff Writer

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