The Biden administration plans to lift Title 42 restrictions on the Southern border and appeal a block against lifting the restrictions.
Rep. Jody Hice told Newsmax that this is proof the administration has “no concern whatsoever with open borders and the United States.”
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On Newsmax’s, “Wake Up America“, Hice said, “We are watching a flood of drug trafficking, human trafficking of criminals coming across our border, disease coming across our border, and the administration not only tries to lift Title 42 but then is going to be suing with any attempt to lift it.”
“This is absolutely an outrage. How in the world can we have an administration that is unwilling to abide by the laws of this land to defend our borders and fights it at every turn?”
Hice mentioned that this “is absolutely in contrast to the best interest of the United States of America and our citizens.”
Title 42 is a health restriction that was put in place under President Donald Trump and it allows for the expulsion of immigrants over COVID-19 concerns.
Last week, a Louisiana federal judge blocked the Biden administration from lifting Title 42.
Whitehouse press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “The Administration disagrees with the court’s ruling, and the Department of Justice has announced that it will appeal this decision. The authority to set public health policy nationally should rest with the Centers for Disease Control, not with a single district court.”
The CDC also stated, “After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC Director has determined that an Order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary.”
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The block by a federal judge on lifting Title 42 came after a Republican lawsuit. Fox News reported that:
The Republican lawsuit, seeking the injunction, claimed the lifting of the order violated the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), which requires a notice-and-comment period and also bars moves deemed “arbitrary and capricious.”
The lawsuit claims the administration failed to estimate or account for the costs to the states. They cite “increased health care costs for aliens infected with COVID-19 and the cost of increased illegal immigration caused by the Termination Order and the presence of much greater numbers of paroled aliens with non-meritorious asylum claims who were induced to enter the United States because of the Termination Order.”
Hice is currently campaigning in Georgia for the Secretary of State race and seeks to replace the incumbent Brad Raffensperger. He commented that the race could probably end up in a runoff.
“We have tremendous support all across the country. Momentum is huge, literally thousands of boots are on the ground with volunteers, and we’re very, very, very pleased with where we are at this point, and looking forward to a victory, be it tomorrow or in the runoff,” Hice said.