The senses. Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., and Joe Manchin, DW.Va., have joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in an attempt to expand Title 42 to the southern border.
President Joe Biden said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention policy, which came into effect in 2020 to help control the spread of Covid-19 by immediately turning away those (except unaccompanied minors) who attempt to cross the border into the United States, will end on May 23.
The bipartisan group introduced the Public Health and Border Security Act on Thursday to require that all national states of emergency related to Covid-19 be lifted before Title 42 is officially terminated.
The bill would prevent the Title 42 emergency authority from shutting down until at least 60 days after the Covid-19 national emergency declaration ends.
Capito said during a virtual press briefing from her Washington office on Thursday at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), for which she is the senior member of the appropriations subcommittee, that DHS predicts that the current rate of border apprehension of 6,000-8,000 will increase to 18,000 when Title 42 is lifted.
“It’s going to take it from a crisis, which we have now, to a disaster on our southern border,” she said.
Capito said she met with the head of DHS and asked about plans to handle such an increase in border crossing attempts.
“They have ideas, but they don’t have a plan.” she says. “It’s very, very discouraging.”
Every state is affected by this, she added, and West Virginians are rightly worried because of the influx of illegal and dangerous drugs crossing the southern border.
With such a surge in numbers, Border Patrol will have to focus more on arrests than drug trafficking, she said.
“It is unacceptable that we face a potential new influx of migrants to our border in a few months, but I am encouraged that a bipartisan group of senators realizes that the path taken by this administration is dangerous and untenable,” Capito said. in a statement announcing the bill Thursday. “I didn’t exaggerate the fact that there is a crisis on our southern border, and the policies enacted literally since day one of the Biden presidency have made the situation worse. The end of Title 42 only adds to those challenges in ways we’re just not ready to handle. This bill provides direction, something that is desperately needed in light of the administration’s decision to end Title 42.”
Manchin said retaining the 42 title for now is “common sense”.
“Keeping our borders secure must be a top priority for Congress and the Biden administration. Title 42 has been an important tool in combating the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants to our southern border,” he said. “This common-sense bipartisan bill simply extends Title 42 through the end of the pandemic and requires the administration to come up with a plan for how to handle the expected influx of migrants once Title 42 is repealed.”
After the national emergency ends, DHS would have 30 days to submit a plan to Congress to address the impacts of the post-Title 42 migrant influx, the senators said. This plan should be developed in coordination with local governments, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations on the front lines of the migrant crisis.
During her press conference on Thursday, Capito also said she was delighted that the United Nations had “expelled Russia from the Human Rights Council” following the atrocities in Ukraine.
“The UN has shown its readiness to make political statements,” she said. “I think the UN really needs to step in here as a global entity.”
The UN was to some extent “helpless and afraid of its own shadow”, she added.
But Capito said that ultimately the world looks to the United States for leadership, not the UN or NATO.
This is why the United States needs stronger and more effective leadership, she added.
Capito also congratulated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on her confirmation to the United States Supreme Court on Thursday by a vote of 53 to 47.
“I think it’s quite an accomplishment,” she said.
Capito didn’t vote for her because Jackson’s “judicial philosophy” doesn’t match hers, she said, with Jackson having a more “expanded” view of the Constitution and his past rulings based more on the side of the political spectrum on certain issues.