The White House defended its decision to terminate Title 42 at the US-Mexico border on May 23, calling the President’s decision a “return to standard” immigration policies.
The public health order was instituted under Donald Trump to deport illegal migrants from the U.S. as a means to protect American citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is no question we have a broken immigration system,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. “There’s more we need to do. We’ve been saying that from the first day the president took office, and anyone who wants to work on that — Democrats, Republicans, anyone — how we can put smarter security in place, how we can have an asylum processing system that works, we would love to do that.”
“Once Title 42 is lifted — on May 23rd — if these people come to the border, they have no legal basis to remain, they will be removed, and if they try again, they will be committing a crime,” a White House official told Fox News.
“So, let me be clear — individuals who cross the border without legal authorization will be promptly placed into removal proceedings and, if unable to establish a legal basis to remain in the United States, will be expeditiously removed, and returned to their country of origin,” the official added.
At least ten Democrats are urging the President to extend Title 42 through the months ahead.
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