Democrats usually get whatever they want as their party votes in lockstep. However, that seems to be changing with President Joe Biden making such a terrible mess of the immigration system.
Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) is urging Biden not to abolish the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Title 42a order, Breitbart reported. This Trump-era rule allowed the government to swiftly return illegal immigrants back home for the sake of public health.
“Given the impacts that changes to Title 42 could have on border communities, border security, and migrants, we urge your administration not to make any changes to Title 42 implementation until you are completely ready to execute and coordinate a comprehensive plan that ensures a secure, orderly, and humane process at the border,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter Thursday. Biden is set to end the provision on April 1, 2022.
“To date, we have not yet seen evidence that [Department of Homeland Security] has developed and implemented a sufficient plan to maintain a humane and orderly process in the event of an end to Title 42,” the letter continued. They pointed out that a new policy still “contains unanswered questions and does not seem likely to allow DHS to secure the border, protect our communities, and ensure migrants are treated fairly and humanely.”
The letter stressed the dire consequences of failing to do so. “DHS must ensure their process at the border prioritizes the health, safety, and security of our border communities and prevents a humanitarian crisis that would harm migrants,” it added.
The immigration crisis has plagued border states like Arizona, and Biden has done little to stem the tide. Getting rid of the public health protections would only further a problem that is already bubbling over.
Biden needs to get a handle on this issue, especially with the midterm elections just around the corner. However, it appears the administration is not interested in solving the problem even when it has the perfect avenue to do so.