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President Biden should maintain Title 42

OPINION by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, guest column | April 10, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.

The situation at our southern border continues to worsen as spring brings about a predictable spike in illegal border crossings and encounters. In addition to the expected seasonal spike, President Joe Biden is ending Title 42, originally implemented by President Donald Trump as a public health measure barring asylum applicants from entering the U.S. while their applications were being processed.

This measure has proven to be one of President Biden's most unpopular decisions yet, with 56% of U.S. voters opposing the plan.

Under President Joe Biden, border arrests at the southern border have sharply increased, and by the Administration's own estimates, are set to skyrocket to 18,000 a day after the end of Title 42. Unfortunately, he has provided no plan at all to counter the surge or offered our border patrol any sort of increased support. Our border security is severely threatened by this chaos.

In the last 30 years, law enforcement officials have discovered more than 230 cross-border tunnels that were used to smuggle drugs, weapons, and people through the Mexico-U.S. border with most likely many left undiscovered. With such an unprecedented surge of migrants flooding the border, many agents are diverted from their essential tasks of monitoring our ports of entry or finding tunnels like these to instead process migrants.

Cartels are taking full advantage. Fentanyl seizures are up 134% in FY2021, but many times the drugs pass undetected resulting in a historic number of overdoses in the U.S. According to the CDC, fentanyl overdose is now the leading cause of death in Americans aged 18-45. Not COVID-19, cancer, or car accidents. Fentanyl. We must prioritize stemming the flow of this horrible substance.

Democrats claim Title 42 is unnecessary as a health measure while also asking for an additional $10 billion in COVID-19 funding because they do not believe the pandemic is over. Democrats simply can't have it both ways. If President Biden continues his course and ends Title 42, but continues to refuse to assist our border patrol, the crisis at our southern border will continue to devolve into chaos. President Biden must listen to the American people, realize the effect of his policies on this country, and maintain Title 42.

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