A migrant caravan is steadily approaching the United States’ southern border as the country begins to learn of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, and while President Biden has issued an African travel ban in response, former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, says the southern border must be closed as well.
Homan joined Fox News on Saturday to discuss the caravan which includes hundreds of migrants from Haiti, Central America and Venezuela, traveling from Tapachula, Mexico to the U.S., according to Reuters.
The former acting ICE director said that it’s time for the Biden Administration to take a page out of the Trump playbook and take Title 42 seriously.
(Source: Fox News)
“I think the Biden administration needs to take Title 42 seriously. Now, under Trump Title 42, everyone was turned back because of the pandemic. In the four months President Trump had Title 42 under his command, I think they released a total of 56 people into the United State because they had significant medical concerns,” Homan told Fox.
Title 42 allows the administration to bar illegal migrants from entering the country during a health crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, and while the Biden administration has continued the order, it’s mostly done so in spirit.
The former ICE chief explained that as of now, 85 percent of family units, all unaccompanied children and many single adults are being allowed into the U.S despite Title 42.
“This is the time. President Biden has already stopped travel from African nations. You know for a fact 150 countries come through our southern border. Now is the time to take Title 42 seriously and stop people from coming to the United States during this crisis,” Homan advised.
The national security expert believes the Biden Administration is going to slow roll the enforcement of any policy that bars migrants from entering the country on the southern border.
Homan told Fox that his sources on the inside say that despite the 6,000-7,000 arrests per day, law enforcement are only removing about 200 illegal aliens daily.
“That’s going to have a very small impact,” Homan said.
It’s not just the coronavirus that’s causing public health concerns either. Illegal drugs have flowed more freely across the border under the Biden administration as well.
“This has turned into a public health issue because of this COVID variant, because of the opioids coming across, because of the fentanyl coming across,” Homan said, adding that it is “a national security issue.”
Title 42 was a “game changer” for the Trump administration according to Homan and Biden should “take a page out of the Trump handbook” in the strict implementation of the rule.
CBP data proves the skyrocketing number of illegal migrants coming across the southern border. Official reports showed 164,303 migrant encounters along the southern border in October, a stark increase from October 2020, when there were 71,929 apprehensions.
The migrant caravan is reportedly headed to Mapastepec, Mexico next to meet with another group of migrants before it continues on to the American southern border.
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