Headline RoundupDecember 16th, 2022

With Key Immigration Policy Set to End, States Brace for Migrant Surge

Summary from the AllSides News Team

With the Title 42 immigration policy set to expire within days, border states are bracing for a surge of migrants.

The Policy: Title 42 is a part of U.S. law allowing the federal government to take emergency action to keep diseases out of the country, and has been used to immediately expel unauthorized immigrants amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's send to expire on Dec. 21, but outstanding legal challenges could extend it.

On the Ground: Average daily border crossings in El Paso, Texas rose from 1,800 in October to 2,400 this month, and many area shelters are over capacity. Since March 2020, Border Patrol has turned away immigrants roughly 2.4 million times, and in fiscal year 2022, Border Patrol agents arrested an all-time-high 2.1 million unauthorized migrants at the southern border.

Key Quote: The immigration system is "about to break in a post-42 world unless we take some responsibility," California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called the issues a "direct result of 2 years of inaction from the Biden Admin." El Paso Deputy City Manager Mario D'Agostino called current migrant levels "unsustainable, and that is with Title 42 in place."

How the Media Covered It: Right-rated outlets often frame the border crisis as a product of the Biden administration's unwillingness to reinforce immigration protocols. Left-rated outlets often focus more on how the policy works and concerns that migrants must be fed and housed.

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