Former President Barack Obama’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson said he wouldn’t have ended Title 42 during a time when migration typically speeds up.
“I would’ve argued that we should keep in place just a little while longer, until perhaps July, when these numbers do tend to slow down in the hotter weather … ” Johnson said.
The order had to come to an end “some time” as courts have increasingly questioned the policy, Johnson added.
The White House says its preparing contingencies for an expected border surge come May 23.
"It had to end some time," former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says of Title 42 and the plan to lift the border policy in May, amid peak migration season.
"I would have argued that we should keep it in place for a little while longer, until perhaps July." pic.twitter.com/TrL7LSwuhm
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Border authorities are also preparing to see nearly 8,000 border crossings a day when Title 42 ends. Asylum seekers will now be processed under Title 8, which the Border Patrol union chief recently told the Daily Caller News Foundation essentially means that migrants will be released into the interior of the country.
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