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Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, one of several Democratic lawmakers to criticize Biden over his handling of the southwest border, said the administration still has a lot of work to do before Title 42 does. to be lifted next month, which should lead to a surge. among immigrants.
The Department of Homeland Security released a six-point plan this week that calls for sending more resources to the border, streamlining migrant processing, partnering with nongovernmental organizations, and implementing other measures to mitigate the crisis.
Title 42, the Trump-era public health measure that allows the federal government to quickly deport migrants, is set to expire on May 23, though a legal battle over the order is currently unfolding in federal court. .
Senator Kelly said Wednesday he had “more questions about how and when additional resources will get on the ground.”
“I have been raising the need for comprehensive border planning since early last year. I recently made my fifth visit to the Arizona-Mexico border and I can tell you that people on the ground are not feel unprepared for this policy change and still see a lack of communication and coordination,” Kelly told Fox News Digital.
“We’re less than 30 days away from the Biden administration’s self-imposed deadline, and they still have a lot of work to do.”
Migrant encounters at the border topped 221,000 in March, the highest number since Biden took office.
BIDEN’S PLAN TO END TITLE 42 IS ‘SET UP TO FAIL’, ARE DEMOCRATS
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in the memo outlining the administration’s plan at the border this week that things will get worse in the coming months.
“When the Title 42 public health order is lifted, we expect migration levels to increase as smugglers seek to take advantage of and take advantage of vulnerable migrants,” Mayorkas wrote.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said this week that Republicans would force a vote on keeping Title 42 in place, which could put some swing-state Democrats in a tight spot. before the midterm elections.