On Sunday, hundreds of illegal immigrants crossed over into Brownsville, Texas in anticipation of Thursday's expiration of Title 42, the Trump-era policy instituted under Covid that granted Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security officials the ability to expel illegal immigrants over health concerns.
Bill Melugin reporting for Fox News posted video of the "enormous line of hundreds of migrants who just crossed illegally into Brownsville, Texas."
"Wow," responded Twitter CEO Elon Musk.
After Joe Biden took office he loosened restrictions along the southern border and HHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas made the announcement that migrants seeking asylum would be permitted entry into the US as would unaccompanied minors. Biden also said that the time to lift Title 42 was "overdue." The expiration date was set for May 2022 but was delayed after a federal court ordered it to stay in place. In November 2022, US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered Title 42 to be lifted by December 21, 2022.
In December, following a lawsuit filed by nineteen GOP-led States that asked to keep the rule in place, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a stay on the rule's expiration.
In December, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser declared a state of emergency in preparation for the expected surge of illegal immigrants after the rule's expiration.
Title 42 was invoked over 2.5 million times on the basis of preventing the spread of Covid by illegal immigrants crossing into the US.
Biden's border crisis has seen a record-breaking number of illegal immigrants pour over the border, with 2,378,944 encounters with illegal immigrants reported in the 2022 fiscal year and 1,659,206 reported in FY 2021.Mexican cartels have exploited Biden's border crisis by trafficking humans and drugs, especially fentanyl across the border in record numbers.
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