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FIRST ON FOX: Senate lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee seek to hold a hearing on the Biden administration’s plan to lift Title 42 in May – as the decision faces bipartisan pushback and Republicans in the committee warn of an “unacceptable” wave of migrants.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced last week that the public health order, used since March 2020 to rapidly deport a majority of migrants at the border due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will end on May 23.
BIPARTISAN BILL TO EXTEND TITLE 42 LAST SIGN OF MODERATE DEM OPPOSITION TO BIDEN BORDER MOVE
This has raised concerns among Republicans and Democrats about a massive wave of migrants in the coming months – something the administration has acknowledged, as it has prepared to receive up to 18,000 migrants a day and has publicly stated that it expects an influx of migrants.
In a letter to Homeland Security Committee Chairman Gary Peters, Republicans on the committee called for a hearing on Title 42 and other border security policies — including a recent asylum rule that would allow treatment faster.
“The implications of these two decisions will undoubtedly lead to a surge of migrants to our southern border. It is unclear whether the Biden administration has plans to effectively respond to the expected wave of illegal immigration that will result from these policy decisions this spring and summer,” reads the letter, first obtained by Fox News Digital.
The signatories of the letter are Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, James Lankford, R-Okla., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rick Scott, R-Fla., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Mitt Romney , R-Utah.
REPUBLICAN STATES SUIT TO STOP LIFT OF TITLE 42 BORDER POLICY BY BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
“With the Biden administration ending Title 42 border restrictions, Border Patrol officials predict a flood of illegal immigration that will result in up to 18,000 arrests per day,” they write. “This wave of illegal immigration is unconscionable, and it is unclear if or how an already overwhelmed CBP will be able to safely and effectively respond to this expected wave.”
In response to that letter, a Democratic committee aide told Fox News Digital that Chairman Peters is already planning to hold a hearing on border security issues in the coming weeks.
Republicans have called for a number of senior officials to be invited to the hearing as witnesses, including Attorney General Merrick Garland, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky – as well as Chiefs customs and border protection, immigration and customs enforcement. and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“Biden administration policies directly contribute to historic levels of illegal immigration,” they say. “Administration officials must explain to the American people the rationale for their decisions and what their plans are for dealing with the consequences of their actions.”
The scheduling of a hearing on the issue comes amid a major pushback from the decision, which has included both Democrats and Republicans. Republican states sued to prevent the end of the order.
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Meanwhile, lawmakers on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to extend Title 42 for at least another 60 days and would require the Department of Homeland Security to submit a plan to deal with an influx of post-migration migrants. title 42.
The bill includes not only Republicans such as Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, but also a number of Democrats: Sens Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., Kyrsten Sinema , D-Ariz., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Maggie Hassan, DN.H.