Background: In April, President Joe Biden is set to meet with Mexico about stopping expulsions under Title 42. Title 42 is a Trump-era pandemic policy that allowed the Border Patrol to turn away most illegal immigrants because of COVID-19.
Mass migration event: The Biden administration is reportedly concerned that removing Trump’s policy will lead to a “mass migration event” but want to remove the policy because they believe it hurts migrants seeking asylum.
- There are 25,000 migrants just south of the border waiting to rush into the US.
- Trump’s Title 42 allowed Border patrol to expel migrants 1.6 million times.
The cartel: The DHS is concerned that Mexican cartels will attempt to rush in as many people as possible. The incoming repeal is a business opportunity for cartels to push through more migrants—they charge migrants for passage into the United States.
Big picture: The Biden administration knows repealing Title 42 will bring a wave of illegal migrants but still plans to do so. It is unclear how they will mitigate the consequences.
Source: Washington Examiner