DHS Expects Up to 18,000 Illegals Crossings Per Day Once Title 42 is Lifted

As many as 18,000 illegal immigrants could cross the southern border per day following the Biden administration’s repealing of the Trump-era Title 42 policy.

This past month, in a move that elicited bipartisan criticism, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it planned to allow Title 42 to expire on May 23.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted that lifting the policy will increase strain on federal offices that are already stretched thin thanks to the ongoing illegal immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Despite this, the New York Post reported that he still plans to move forward with Title 42’s repeal.

The CDC instituted Title 42 under former President Donald Trump, during the early stages of the COVID pandemic. The policy gives border officials the ability to immediately expel illegal immigrants who are attempting to enter the U.S. from a country where a communicable disease, such as COVID-19, is present.

During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Mayorkas stated: “Title 42 is a public health authority. So, what we started to do in September of last year was to prepare for its end.”

“We’re not projecting 18,000, but what we do in the department is we plan for different scenarios,” he added. “So, we’re ready for anything.”

When the show’s host, Dana Bash, asked Mayorkas whether the Department of Homeland Security would be able to handle a wave of illegal immigrants that size, he claimed that the department would be prepared, but admitted that the system would be put under “extraordinary strain.”

“It is our responsibility to be prepared for different scenarios, and that is what we are doing, and we have incredibly talented and dedicated people,” Mayorkas said. “There is no question if, in fact, we reach that number, that is going to be an extraordinary strain on our system.”

“That is why the plan we have prepared calls for a number of different actions, not just the domestic arena but also with our partners in the south,” he added.

In March of 2022, border officials encountered over 220,000 illegal immigrants, which is the highest number of any month since the start of Joe Biden’s presidency.

Responding to the ongoing illegal immigration crisis and the data indicating that repealing Title 42 will only serve to worsen the problem, lawmakers in the House of Representatives scolded Mayorkas over the Biden administration’s inability to take control of the apparent non-stop influx of illegal immigrants.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) called Mayorkas out, telling him that by allowing Title 42 to be repealed he was “going to make it worse.”

“We have a secretary of Homeland Security who is intentionally, deliberately, in a premeditated fashion… executing a plan to overwhelm our country with millions and millions of illegal migrants,” Jordan said.

The end of Title 42 will have severe consequences for the United States and its citizens. But the Biden administration seems intent on acting against all reason and ending it as soon as they can.