Rep. Carter Joins Senators Cornyn and Cruz in Urging Biden to Uphold Title 42
Washington, March 29, 2022
(Washington, DC) - Congressman John Carter (TX-31) joined Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) and Members of the Texas delegation in sending a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. The letter urges the Biden administration to uphold critical border securities, including Title 42, and provide answers on how the administration is working to combat the crisis at the southern border.
Title 42 was originally implemented under COVID-19, as it allows the United States to deport illegal immigrants from countries where a communicable diseases is present. However, in addition to protecting the health of Americans, Title 42 has proven essential when combatting the overwhelming numbers at our southern border.
“Ending Title 42 would be one of the worst moves President Biden could make regarding the crisis at our southern border. President Biden's open border policies have resulted in record illegal border crossings and drug trafficking rates that would only worsen, should Title 42 be revoked," said Representative Carter. "We cannot afford to lose any more lives to drug overdoses or risk the health and safety of American citizens any further. I am calling on this administration to uphold Title 42, secure the border, and protect the American people."
In the letter the members wrote:
"We understand that this legal authority is temporary and tied to the COVID-19 public health emergency, but DHS appears unprepared to handle a likely unprecedented increase in apprehensions along the southwest border. Furthermore, since January 2021 DHS has eliminated measures designed to deter migrants from undertaking the dangerous journey to the southwest border. We strongly urge that DHS retain Title 42 authority until appropriate deterrent measures are put in place to ensure that Federal government facilities and local communities will not be overwhelmed by a sudden increase in migrant apprehensions."
Read the full letter here.