The White House released a statement regarding President Biden's upcoming trip to the US Virgin Islands. As the border crisis worsens, the president's administration decided to maintain the status quo on Title 42.
"The White House stated that the Supreme Court's order would maintain the current Title 42 policy while it considers the issue in 2023. "We will comply with the order and continue to prepare for the court's review," said White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre."
"Despite the president's commitment to maintaining the status quo on Title 42, the White House is still preparing for the future by implementing various measures to improve the border's security. Jean-Pierre noted that the administration is working to establish a secure and orderly border when the law eventually lifts."
According to Jean-Pierre, the president's priority is public health and Title 42 should not be extended. Despite the Supreme Court's decision, the White House noted that the president is not prepared to address the influx of illegal immigrants following the implementation of Title 42.
The president believes that Congress should pass comprehensive immigration legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for those already in the country illegally, said Jean-Pierre. She noted that the executive order provides members of Congress with ample time to address the border crisis.
The White House also noted that the president's party has controlled both the House and Senate for the last two years. However, despite the president's efforts, the border crisis worsened under the Democrats' control. Now, with Republicans poised to take over the House on January 3, the White House is blaming the incoming Congress for the crisis.
Throughout the previous Congress, Republicans in the House tried to pass various legislation that would have provided the president with the necessary tools to address the growing crisis at the border. Unfortunately, despite their efforts, House Democrats did not pass these bills.
Despite knowing that Title 42 would eventually be lifted, the Biden administration has been scrambling to find a way to address the issue.
One of the ways the administration tried to address the issue was by constructing a massive tent facility in El Paso, Texas. However, it's not clear how this facility would be able to handle the growing number of immigrants.
Despite the Supreme Court's decision to keep Title 42 in place, the Biden administration did not use it in most of the cases that were handled during the three-day period that ended on Christmas Day.
Fox News reported that over 1,600 cases involving illegal immigrants were reported by US Customs and Border Protection between December 23 and 25. About 2,150 of these individuals were deported due to Title 42. As a result, 14,326 people were apprehended after they entered the country illegally.