Democrats double down on break with Joe Biden over migrants at border

Two centrist Democrats doubled down on their dispute with the Biden administration over immigration policy on Sunday.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar signed a letter last week calling on the White House to extend Title 42, a pandemic-era policy begun under the Trump administration and allowed the US government to quickly remove migrants from the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As the pandemic subsides, immigration advocates have urged the Biden administration to end the policy, but others say maintaining Title 42 is needed to deal with a spate of migrants arriving at the border between the United States US and Mexico seeking asylum. The current White House, under scrutiny by conservatives for its handling of immigration, recently lost a federal lawsuit defending the provision, meaning it could end by December 21.

Her comments come just days after President Joe Biden requested an additional $3 billion from Congress to deal with a potential surge in migrants after the COVID lockdown ended.

Democrats double down on Biden's immigration criticism
Above is President Joe Biden. Inset, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas is shown. Cuellar, along with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, doubled down on her criticism of Biden’s immigration policy and urged him to extend Title 42 on Sunday.
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Manchin and Cuellar appeared on CBS on Sunday Face the nation to defend their call for an extension of Title 42.

“Title 42 needs to be extended until we can really get immigration reform,” Manchin said. “Immigration reform won’t happen in our country until we come — both sides of the aisle, Democrats, Republicans and the government — that you must have absolute border security.”

The senator urged the president to use “every power he has” to find a way to extend Title 42 and predicted that the Biden administration would ultimately seek an extension of the policy.

Meanwhile, Cuellar also targeted the Biden administration’s immigration plan.

“They have been talking about this plan for the last two years. You blamed the Republicans. You blamed Congress. How long will this plan… be in effect?” he asked.

Cuellar added that if Title 42 falls away, the White House must have a “policy for an orderly route to asylum,” and if migrants don’t follow that route, “they must go back.”

The Democratic lawmaker further questioned Biden’s $3 billion plan to deal with a migrant surge, raising concerns it was not adequately addressing border security. He added that border guards “feel the administration doesn’t have their back.”

In a statement to news week On Sunday, a Cuellar spokesman wrote that he was “committed to effectively addressing the immigration crisis on our southern border through sensible, bipartisan legislation.” Today’s Face the Nation interview was proof of that.”

The statement continued, “With the end of Title 42 on the horizon, Congressman Cuellar will continue to work with his colleagues to ensure our southern border is secure.”

Biden extending Title 42 would be ‘short-sighted’, expert warns

Erin Corcoran, executive director of the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, said news week on Sunday that the Biden administration’s extension of Title 42 was “short-sighted” because it would put asylum seekers and those seeking protection at risk from human trafficking.

Typically, asylum seekers are interviewed by border authorities to determine if they meet the criteria to seek asylum in the United States. However, Title 42 allows authorities to send migrants back across the border without this procedure.

“If you don’t have those kinds of individual interviews, you’re pushing people back across the board. These types of questions are not asked. They don’t allow people to talk about their fear and at least get access to the asylum system. ‘ adds Corcoran.

Corcoran also expressed concern that Title 42 “is not the purpose of the discretionary powers Congress has granted to the CDC,” referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The policy is intended for the pandemic, not as a means of enforcing immigration policy, she said.

“It’s not a law. It’s a power you confer on an executive agency in exceptional circumstances,” Corcoran said. “Courts are very careful that they should use that authority in the narrowest context and not in arbitrary or capricious ways.”

Cuellar, Manchin warn of ‘complete loss of operational control’

In their letter, sent out last week, Manchin and Cuellar, along with Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and Texas Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales, wrote that they were concerned that the Biden administration was “not giving to the men and women of the Home Department.” provided sufficient support or resources to Security (DHS) tasked with maintaining border security.”

“While admittedly imperfect, the termination of the CDC’s Title 42 order at this point will result in a complete loss of operational control of the southern border, profound negative impacts on border communities, and significant suffering and deaths among the migrants who are moving.” entering the United States illegally,” the letter said.

news week has reached out to the White House and Senator Manchin for comment. Democrats double down on break with Joe Biden over migrants at border

Rick Schindler

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