Title 42 Expected To End Along The Southern Border This Week

December 19, 2022
A photo of Big Bend, Texas

… enough with the finger-pointing. I don’t care how we got here. How do we get out of here?

Congressman Tony Gonzales (R-TX), whose district includes more than 800 miles of the United States southern border, as a historic number of people have been attempting entry into the U.S.

Context: Encounters of people attempting entry along the U.S. southern border have reached record-highs over the past two years. Last fiscal year (Oct. – Sept.), the government recorded more than 2.3M encounters – the most ever recorded. The influx of people attempting entry for a variety of reasons has overwhelmed border officials and cities, as well as NGOs which provide assistance to people once they have entered the U.S.

Why It Matters: On Wednesday, a provision which allows the govt. to quickly expel people attempting entry along the southern border due to public health safety (referred to as Title 42) is expected to end. Many expect a surge of people attempting entry along the southern border once this policy is lifted; the city of El Paso, TX has declared a state of emergency. On CBS' "Face the Nation," Rep. Gonzales described the situation at border facilities in El Paso as "dire," and showed personally-taken video of the already crowded facilities.

Something To Consider: Rep. Gonzales mentioned a few things he hopes can be done to help the situation along the southern border in the immediate. He said the admin could reimplement two programs: "… PACER and the HEART program, that's essentially having immigration judges at the border, meaning you get your asylum case heard in days, not years. And if you do not qualify for asylum, you get returned back to your country of origin via repatriation flights …"

Transcript: Rep. Tony Gonzales on "Face the Nation," Dec. 18, 2022 (CBS News)

What is Title 42, the COVID border policy used to expel migrants (CBS News)

Latest numbers from the southern border: October 2022 (SmartHER News)

by Jenna Lee,