By Joe Gomez
Title 42, a Trump-era public health order that gives the government the power to automatically deport illegal immigrants, is scheduled to expire on May 11, according to the US Department of Homeland Security.
It will likely be replaced by an order called Title 8, which provides tougher penalties for entering the US illegally.
Rep. Border-obsessed Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told The Epoch Times that the order has been ineffective in deterring illegal immigrants from crossing into the United States.
“Title 42, you just kick people out and there’s no way they can come right back. There are some teeth under Title 8, which means if someone is deported, there will be a ban of 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years or more, which means they can’t come back into the country.”
President Joe Biden said in January that his administration would return to Title 8 when Title 42 is repealed. year, in terms of the Supreme Court, in my prediction. And then we’re going to have to use Title 9—Title 8.”
However, there has been a lot of misinformation on social media, leading to the possibility of increased illegal immigration.
The Biden administration has shied away from taking tough steps similar to those of his predecessor. That led to a barrage of criticism from Republicans who use Title 42 to cast the president as ineffective on border security. The rules were introduced as an emergency health measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Associated Press reports.
The repeal of Title 42 comes as thousands of illegal immigrants are caravanning across Mexico to reach the US border, and 1,500 troops have been deployed by the Biden administration to secure the border.
“These characters are likely to try to force their way into the United States, so the protocol at the border, which is supposed to protect and secure the crossing, will be put to the test,” said Juan Rojas, a member of the Mexican National Guard. Epoch Times.
The Associated Press estimates at least 3,000 migrants will make their way to the U.S. border, but the actual number could be higher.
Recently, Mexico has granted migrants free passage through the country by issuing them visas to expedite their journey to the US-Mexico border.
“The Institute has entered into dialogue with the caravan members in Villa Comaltitlan, Chiapas, with whom it has been agreed to set up a processing desk to provide them, if they request it, with the Humanitarian Multiple Migration Form (FMM). – said the National Migration Institute of Mexico.
This provides migrants with the same protections that a US citizen would have when traveling through Mexico.
Migrants from at least 50 countries, including China, are expected to march to the US border when Title 42 is rolled back.
Sources told The Epoch Times that they would likely be controlled or directed by Mexican criminal cartels and possibly flown to Juarez, Mexico, which is directly across from El Paso, Texas. It’s the site of a detention center fire in March that has killed at least 40 illegal immigrants this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.