GOP continues to sound the alarm on Title 42 as Biden administration expects migrant surge

Health Care Executive Order 42, which allows expedited removal of immigrants due to COVID-19, expires next week, and Republicans are warning that the country is completely unprepared for the surge of people expected to cross the border.

42 titles will disappear on December 21 due to the court order, and the staggering number of immigrants entering the country is expected to increase.

“Title 42 expires on December 20th. After that, expect about 14,000 illegal aliens to cross our border every day,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted Thursday. “That equates to over 400,000 illegal aliens in one month. That’s more than the population of New Orleans.”

That number appears to be similar to the Department of Homeland Security’s estimate of between 9,000 and 15,000 immigrants per day after the loss of Title 42.


House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 28, 2022, in Washington.
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White House Republicans a 4 billion dollars demand for additional funding to address the situation. The money funds “border management,” and DHS uses it for soft facilities, migrant care, transportation, processing, and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

“If Republicans in Congress are serious about border security, they will ensure that the men and women at the Department of Homeland Security have the resources they need to protect our borders and create a safe, orderly and humane immigration system,” said a White House aide. This was announced by press secretary Abdulla Hasan.

GOP lawmakers aren’t convinced the administration has the right ideas to handle the situation.


“What is the plan to deal with this mass migration, illegal immigration, that is coming after Article 42?” Sen. James Lankford, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, during a Senate hearing in November. Mayorkas said there is a six-point plan in place, but Lankford said that plan has proven ineffective given the current immigrant population.

On Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., made that clearer.

“What has the Biden administration done to prepare for the surge of illegals at the border – THEIR policies are causing it? Nothing,” Holley wrote.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.
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Lawmakers in Congress are considering a potential immigration deal that would see another 42nd extension in exchange for granting citizenship to two million illegal immigrants.

There were also a number of Democrats who warned that ending Title 42 would be a problem. Sen. Joe Manchin, DV.Va. and Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, were among those who signed a letter asking the White House to extend Title 42’s authority.

California Governor Gavin Newsom also recently expressed concern about what the end of Title 42 would mean for his state. California proudly provides benefits to illegal immigrants, but Newsom told ABC News on Monday that “what we have is not working and will break down in a post-42 world if we don’t take some responsibility and ownership.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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