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Sen. Cruz seeks to maintain Title 42 border expulsions through bill

ted-cruz” target=”_blank”>Sen. Ted Cruz< introduced legislation Tuesday to codify a donald-trump” target=”_blank”>Trump-era< administration is considering a phase-out of the Trump-era policy, which critics have argued is cruel and inhumane. The White House could end use of Title 42 expulsions by as soon as July 31, Axios reported last month.

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Cruz’s co-sponsors on the bill include Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee. Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-N.M., is introducing a similar bill in the House.

Republicans have been critical of Biden’s handling of the crisis, arguing his decision to loosen immigration restrictions has exacerbated the situation and created unsafe conditions at the border.

“As we come out of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we need to continue securing our borders, not throwing open flood gates to people who could carry the deadly virus or its dangerous new variants,” Cruz added.

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 180,034 migrants attempting to cross the southern border in May. Of that total, 112,302 individuals were immediately expelled under Title 42.

Last week, former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director Thomas Homan warned of “catastrophic” consequences if Biden overturns the provision.

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