What Does Title 42's End Mean for the Border Crisis?
Summary from AllSides News Team
A federal judge blocked Title 42 this week, the COVID-19 pandemic-era public health policy that allowed Border Patrol to turn away migrants with the goal of preventing the spread of COVID-19. What will this mean for the border crisis?
For Context: There were 230,678 encounters with migrants along the southwest border in October, according to Border Patrol, another all-time record and a 1.3% increase from September. The Department of Homeland Security has until Dec. 21 to transition out of Title 42 and send additional resources to the border.
Where People Agree: Voices across the political spectrum, including the editorial boards at the Washington Post (Lean Left bias) and New York Post, agreed that ending the policy would likely lead to another surge of migrant arrivals at the southern border, and questioned whether the government was prepared.
Where People Disagree: The Washington Post's editors focused on how Congress must act on the border crisis, or else "the nation will face the consequences of lawmakers’ dithering." Some right-rated writers pointed more to Biden, with the New York Post editors saying he "refuses to do anything serious to stem the tides." Conversely, a writer for MSNBC didn't mention how the policy's end may impact the border crisis, and instead called Title 42 "xenophobic" and celebrated its end while arguing that "the more lax the United States has gotten with its own Covid measures, the more egregious Title 42 has looked."
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