COUNTY, IOWA – Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, led by Ranking Member
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), are demanding a hearing of the Senate Judiciary
Committee about the potential consequences at the southern border of the Biden
administration’s decision to rescind the Title 42 Public Health Order, which
even some Democrats have warned will likely exacerbate the border crisis.
share the concerns raised by our Democratic colleagues and are troubled by the
potential consequences of rescinding Title 42 without a detailed plan in place
to effectively deal with the aftermath,” the
senators wrote. “…we believe it is important that DHS develop an effective
contingency plan, share the details of the plan with Congress, and come before
the Judiciary Committee to discuss the plan and answer any questions committee
members of both parties may have.”
their letter to Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the committee Republicans note
that there are already around 7,000 encounters per day with illegal border
crossers and that the country is on track to break the all-time record for
illegal border crossings—that was set last year. The senators also extensively
quote concerns about rescinding Title 42 raised by Democratic senators like
Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona.
committee Republicans are specifically seeking a hearing with Department of Homeland
Security (DHS) officials before the Biden administration’s
announced date of rescission on May 23, 2022.
Republican member of the committee signed the request. In addition to Grassley,
that includes Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Lee
(R-Utah), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tom
Cotton (R-Ark.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Marsha
text of the senators’ letter follows or can be found HERE.
April 14, 2022
Honorable Dick Durbin
States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Dear Chair Durbin:
write today to request a hearing of the full committee related to the
Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) development and implementation of a
plan to respond to a potential influx of migrant crossings at the southern border
after of the rescission of the Title 42 public health order on May 23rd.
of the Title 42 order will likely result in a large influx of migrants at the
southern border – larger than the already record levels of illegal immigrant
crossings currently taking place along the border. U.S. Border Patrol Chief
Raul Ortiz recently stated that there are already approximately 7,000
encounters per day with illegal immigrants crossing the border, and that the
number of encounters is likely to pass the 1 million mark for the first 6
months of FY2022 alone.
That puts the United States on track to break the all-time record for illegal
border crossings that was set just last year. With current daily crossings
already happening at a record pace, it’s even more concerning that DHS
officials have acknowledged the possibility of up to 18,000 encounters per day
once Title 42 is rescinded.
this reality, it is imperative that DHS have an effective and detailed plan in
place to deal with such an influx before Title 42 is terminated. This is not a
partisan issue, and senators of both parties have raised concerns about the
Administration’s recent announcement that it will rescind the Title 42 order in
Sinema has noted that the “decision to announce an end to Title 42 despite not
yet having a comprehensive plan ready shows a lack of understanding about the
crisis at our border.”
Senator Kelly argued that it is “unacceptable to end Title 42 without a plan
and coordination in place to ensure a secure, orderly, and humane process at
the border” and that “it’s clear that this administration’s lack of a plan to
deal with this crisis will further strain our border communities.”
Hassan has stated that “Ending Title 42 prematurely will likely lead to a
migrant surge that the administration does not appear to be ready for.”
Senator Manchin has called the decision to terminate Title 42 at this point in
and Senator Cortez-Masto has noted that the Biden Administration’s current
course of action on Title 42 “is the wrong way to do this and it will leave the
administration unprepared for a surge at the border.”
She went on to note that “the administration is acting without a detailed
Senator Warnock has pointed out that “this is not the right time, and we have
not seen a detailed plan from the administration.”
share the concerns raised by our Democratic colleagues and are troubled by the potential
consequences of rescinding Title 42 without a detailed plan in place to effectively
deal with the aftermath. We have all consistently raised our own concerns
regarding the situation at the southern border, and some of us also represent
border states that continue to be severely impacted by the unprecedented levels
of illegal migration to the southern border.
such, we believe it is important that DHS develop an effective contingency
plan, share the details of the plan with Congress, and come before the
Judiciary Committee to discuss the plan and answer any questions committee
members of both parties may have.
appreciate your consideration of our request and look forward to a hearing on
this topic in the near future – and certainly before the Title 42 order is
rescinded on May 23rd.