Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined 53 of her colleagues in filing an amicus brief in support of the Title 42 injunction lawsuit filed by the Louisiana, Arizona, and Missouri Attorneys General.
 
Although the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other federal agencies argue that a whole host of COVID-19 restrictions on U.S. citizens are essential to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC is changing its tune about the necessity of COVID-19 restrictions when it comes to stemming the flow of illegal migrants on the southern border. The lawmakers point out in their brief that this inconsistency is unjustifiable not only as a matter of policy, but also as a matter of law. 
 
“Joe Biden’s decision to end Title 42 is one more of his failed policies that will only incentivize the surge of illegal immigrants and flow of deadly drugs across our southern border,” Stefanik said. “Already, we have seen the consequences of his failed policies with record-setting border crossings to the detriment of the safety of our communities and our brave border patrol agents. We must keep Title 42 in place and secure our southern border.”
 
In the brief, the lawmakers point out that the termination decision will exacerbate the current southern border crisis and harm public safety, including the following points:
 
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence anticipates that one million migrants could cross the southern border within the first six weeks of Title 42 ending. This is approximately 18,000 migrants per day.
  • Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) could reach full capacity within a few days of Title 42 ending and be forced to release illegal immigrants into the U.S, increasing the amount of illegal immigrants released into U.S. communities across the country.
  • Fentanyl that entered through the southern border accounts for approximately two out of every three fentanyl-related deaths. In FY 2021, CBP seized over 10,000 pounds of fentanyl and we saw a record 100,000 drug overdoses this past year.
  • The Biden Administration does not have an actual plan in place to prevent the surge in illegal immigration. 
Read the full text of the brief here.