Senators Introduce Bill to Temporarily Pause End of Title 42

Senators Introduce Bill to Keep Title 42

( – On April 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a May end date for Title 42, the immigration policy that kept many undocumented immigrants from staying in the US during the pandemic. The suspension of the policy didn’t sit well with some lawmakers. A group of Republicans and Democrats in Congress introduced the Public Health and Border Security Act on April 7 to delay the revocation of Title 42.

Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) authored the bill with support from a group of their colleagues. The legislation seeks to delay the termination of Title 42 until the end of all national states of emergency. The senators allege that the timeline for ending the policy doesn’t allow the Biden administration to create a cohesive plan to avoid serious immigration issues at the southern border. White House Press Secretary said during a press briefing that the administration does have a plan in place. However, not everyone is convinced the US is prepared to handle the change.

Manchin called the bill “commonsense” and said it would ensure the administration is accountable for ensuring control over potential surges at the border. Capito stated ending Title 42 prematurely would only add to the current immigration crisis. She noted the legislation provides much-needed guidance regarding how to handle the situation properly.

What about you? Do you agree with the decision to end the Title 42 policy in May?

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