It looks as though Democrats are buckling to the most extreme side of their party over the controversial Trump-era Title 42 policies, which some Democrats are now insisting will be ended as soon as possible.
According to Breitbart, in an interview with MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart Reports, Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) claimed that the Biden administration will end Title 42 expansion -- which angered many radicals in the party -- as soon as the courts allow it.
The Democratic lawmaker said the only reason that Title 42 was expanded was because of a court decision that required it.
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Ruiz told host Jose Diaz-Balart that the Biden administration is working on creating new "pathways" for migrants to seek asylum after being pressed on how Title 42 affects migrants from certain countries.
"The Biden administration is touting a Title 42 policy that kind of changed the numbers as far as Haitians, Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans. They say that about 97% has been a cutback of the people from those countries being interdicted at the border. You were at the border just last week to meet with Customs and Border Protection and local officials. What did you take away from that visit?" Diaz-Balart asked the lawmaker.
Ruiz first praised the Border Patrol agents that work the border day in and day out, which is admittedly refreshing to hear from a Democrat these days.
"Well, first of all, the men and women who serve on our border to make sure that there’s an orderly, professional, humane processing of goods and people do incredible work day in and day out. So, I applaud them first and foremost," he said.
He then went on the defensive over why the Biden administration has kept the effective policy in place.
Ruiz added: "But let’s be clear, Jose, that the Biden administration moved to end Title 42. They are going to end Title 42. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and so many have urged the Biden administration to end Title 42 and they have ended Title 42. However, the Supreme Court and the court system have forced them to continue to implement Title 42. Unfortunately, that’s the law of the land. "
"They’re building on other legal pathways for asylum seekers to come into the United States in order to protect them from the predatory coyotes, cartels, and those who want to harm women, children, LGBTQ individuals who are seeking asylum into our country through this new process," Ruiz continued.
The MSNBC host clearly didn't understand the Democratic lawmaker the first time, as Ruiz was pressed again on why Title 42 is still in place. “But, Congressman, are they ending Title 42 by expanding Title 42 until the courts decide whether they can end it?" the host asked.
“Title 42 is unfortunately the law of the land as determined by the courts. As soon as the courts rule that the Biden administration can indeed terminate Title 42, I have confidence that the Biden administration will end Title 42. They are not fans of Title 42 as I am not a fan of Title 42," Ruiz replied.
It's crystal clear that Democrats are trying to get out in front of the issue with plenty of time before the next election so that it's not held over their heads. How desperate.