On Monday, three Republican states announced that they have filed a lawsuit to stop the Biden administration from lifting the Title 42 public health order, which has been used to limit migrants at the southern border.
The attorneys general of Arizona, Louisiana, and Missouri announced they are suing over the ending of Title 42, an order implemented by the Trump administration in March 2020.
It was originally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and allowed for the rapid expulsion of migrants at the border.
The complaint said “This suit challenges an imminent, man-made, self-inflicted calamity: the abrupt elimination of the only safety valve preventing this administration’s disastrous border policies from devolving into an unmitigated catastrophe”.
It was announced Friday that the Biden administration will terminate the order on May 23. With the removal of the order, many fear a massive migrant wave will come.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich told FOX & Friends “We want to stop the Biden administration from rescinding Title 42 because it may be one of the most boneheaded decisions of this administration, and they have done a lot of dumb things”.
While some Democrats have warned of the potential outcome, most have called to end the order for months, claiming it is cruel and denied migrants due process.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday claimed they have “put in place a comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy to manage any potential increase in the number of migrants encountered at our border”.
“While it’s difficult to identify President Biden’s most irresponsible move since taking office, rescinding Title 42 is certainly up there,” Brnovich said. “It’s a ridiculously poor decision with a bad intention for border states and American communities across the country”.