The United States is preparing for an even busier border amid the abolition of health care News

WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced on Tuesday a plan to combat the expected an increase in the already large number of migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border from a planned repeal of a health care order that prevents people from seeking asylum – and that Republicans and some Democratic lawmakers are pushing for compliance.

A note by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkos outlines more credible efforts to enforce U.S. immigration law without the use of Title 42, which was introduced at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020.

“If the public health order in section 42 is repealed, we expect the migration rate to increase as smugglers seek to take advantage of and profit from vulnerable migrants,” Mallorca warned in a note released the day before. he will have to testify in Congress. an issue that has become an important element in Republican political messages.

The plan includes increasing the number of staff in the border region from customs and border guards and other federal agencies, expanding detention facilities using temporary facilities and aggressively deploying a process known as expedited removal to deport unauthorized migrants or others. benefits under U.S. law.

It also draws on new Homeland Security initiatives aimed at streamlining the assessment of migrants’ claims, such as sending asylum officers to the border to help determine whether someone should be granted a temporary residence permit until an immigration court rules on their case.

There is no mention of the fact that the court may soon order the government to change course and suspend plans to repeal Section 42 on May 23 due to lawsuits filed by Republican-led states.

On Monday, a federal judge in Louisiana said he would issue an order limiting the administration’s ability to prepare, but left the features of the settlement to the federal government and state.

U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhouse, appointed by Trump, has scheduled a May 13 hearing on a lawsuit filed by Louisiana and 20 other states seeking to retain power under Chapter 42. Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have also called on the Biden administration to continue this order.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said Tuesday that Republicans are “going to insist” on a health care vote, possibly as an amendment to a $ 10 billion pandemic compromise package. This demand has forced Democrats to stay in defense against the fall election, which is under scrutiny in Congress and some moderates are facing competitive races.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., acknowledged that Republican efforts are forcing Democrats to try to find a position they can unite for. “There are divisions now,” he said. And Sen. Tim Kane, D.C., took the unusual step of criticizing the administration for sending conflicting signals on the issue.

“We are embarrassed by the administration, several ambiguous reports. Is the Ministry of Emergencies over or not? ” Kane told reporters.

“We are confused about this. And it forces different people to be in different places until we get answers to questions. ”

Migrants have been deported more than 1.8 million times under a rule issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under former President Donald Trump.

Defenders of asylum seekers support the termination of this rule, which they believe threatens people fleeing persecution at home and violates the right to seek protection under US law and an international treaty. States challenging the administration say the U.S. is not ready for a likely influx of migrants as a result of the repeal of the rules, which strains public services.

This comes amid what the administration acknowledges, these are historical figures of migrants who have tried to cross the border due to factors including economic and political turmoil in Latin America, as well as the backlog of people hoping to seek asylum.

The increase in the number of migrants is also partly due to Chapter 42 itself.

Immigration authorities stopped migrants 221,303 times along the southwestern border in March, up 33 percent from a month earlier, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

But many of these encounters were by people who returned after being removed under the direction of health care. The CBP said the number of unique individuals meeting across the country in March was 159,900, which is still high but well below total.

Representatives of the Biden administration argue that the use of expedited removal is a more deterrent because people who are exposed to it are inadmissible for five years and can be charged with a felony if they try to return to the country. Under Chapter 42, there are no legal consequences, and many people simply unfold and return.

Associated Press writer Alan Fram contributed to this report.

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