Rep-elect letter to Biden: Title 42 is the ‘last meaningful’ immigration policy

Title 42 could end tonight but Republicans still want Joe Biden to nix his plan to end use of the public health expulsion policy – with one border congresswoman-elect leading the charge to directly call on the president to take action.

Before even being sworn into office, Texas Representative-elect Monica De La Cruz sent a letter to President Biden on Friday pointing to his failures in migration policy and demanding bipartisan action to secure the border.

While COVID-era Title 42 is caught up in the courts due to GOP challenges, guidance remains unclear and thousands of migrants are lining up along the border waiting for their chance to get into the U.S.

De La Cruz, 48, said in the letter exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com that Title 42 is the ‘last meaningful measure your administration has in place to prevent a complete humanitarian and national security disaster along our southern border.’

‘We must implement a real plan to deal with the massive number of migrants that are now on their way to the United States,’ De La Cruz wrote in a letter exhibiting she is looking to secure her spot as a top border hawk in Congress.

As Title 42 is set to end at midnight today per administration’s request, President Biden and first lady Jill Biden are receiving backlash for jetting off to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands to spend the remainder of their holiday on the Caribbean island. The trip also comes as thousands of flights are being canceled over the holiday due to winter weather. 

Representative-elect Monica De La Cruz is demanding that President Joe Biden enact a 'real plan' to deal with the migration crisis. Pictured: Migrants try to stay warm next to a fire by the border while waiting to be processed by Border Patrol in Somerton, Arizona on Monday, December 26

Representative-elect Monica De La Cruz is demanding that President Joe Biden enact a ‘real plan’ to deal with the migration crisis. Pictured: Migrants try to stay warm next to a fire by the border while waiting to be processed by Border Patrol in Somerton, Arizona on Monday, December 26

De La Cruz sent a letter to President Biden just a few weeks before being sworn into office claiming Title 42 is the 'last meaningful measure' in place to prevent a complete catastrophe at the border

De La Cruz sent a letter to President Biden just a few weeks before being sworn into office claiming Title 42 is the ‘last meaningful measure’ in place to prevent a complete catastrophe at the border

The letter from the incoming Texas border congresswoman comes as Title 42 could end at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday per a request from the Biden administration to extend the court stay a week past December 21

The letter from the incoming Texas border congresswoman comes as Title 42 could end at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday per a request from the Biden administration to extend the court stay a week past December 21

In an interview last week, De La Cruz told DailyMail.com that Biden’s migration policies are a ‘joke’ and claimed the president couldn’t know how to tackle the massive crisis without visiting the border for himself, which he has failed to do in his nearly two-years in office. 

The incoming congresswoman was elected in the 2022 midterms as the first-ever Republican and woman to represent Texas’ 15th congressional district. The lines were redrawn after the 2020 census to include an even larger portion of the southern border than the previous district lines.

Title 42 is an immediate expulsion provision that was invoked at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 by then-President Donald Trump. The provision was extended by the Biden administration, but is now on the verge of being put to an end.

Migrants from Mexico and Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – could be immediately expelled back to where they came from under Title 42 without being processed under usual asylum claim procedures.

Republicans argue that there is no alternative policy in place that will prevent a full blown disaster at the southern border.

Even with Title 42 still in place, tens of thousands of migrants crossed in the last few weeks. There was especially a spike in El Paso, Texas across from Ciudad Juarez.

Monica De La Cruz, pictured with her two children, will be the first Republican ever to represent Texas' 15th congressional district, which includes a portion of the southern border with Mexico

Monica De La Cruz, pictured with her two children, will be the first Republican ever to represent Texas’ 15th congressional district, which includes a portion of the southern border with Mexico 

With El Paso quickly overwhelmed by the mass crossings, hundreds of migrants were forced to find shelter on the streets of the city – even in sub-freezing temperatures.

Last week, Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) stated that an average of 8,000 illegal immigrants were encountered each day along the entire southern border. Some experts claim that just 1,000 apprehensions per day could overwhelm the US. immigration system.

‘Local communities do not have the resources needed to protect public safety or to house illegal immigrants for any sustained period,’ De La Cruz wrote in her first letter to the president as an elected official. ‘Our local communities need funds to deal with the immediate crisis on the ground, but also need a concrete course of action to stop the flow long-term.’

‘It is evident that your administration is intent on ending Title 42, but it is important that you listen to local leaders in our borderlands and understand the real cost in terms of lives, property damage, and government expenses that this crisis is imposing on our communities,’ she added.

‘Therefore, I ask that you maintain Title 42 protections at our border until your administration adopts and implements policies that are proven to reduce the flow of illegal immigration, places the vast majority of Border Patrol agents on the line rather than in processing duties, and offers relief for our communities from the current crisis.’

Asylum-seekers line up on Monday night to be processed in Arizona just on day before Title 42 could end at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27

Asylum-seekers line up on Monday night to be processed in Arizona just on day before Title 42 could end at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 27

The director of a humanitarian coalition takes a photo of an asylum-seeker in Somerton, Arizona on Monday as migrants line up to be processed

The director of a humanitarian coalition takes a photo of an asylum-seeker in Somerton, Arizona on Monday as migrants line up to be processed  

Christmas at the border: A migrant child holds up a Christmas present while waiting in line to request asylum in El Paso, Texas on Christmas, Sunday, December 25

Christmas at the border: A migrant child holds up a Christmas present while waiting in line to request asylum in El Paso, Texas on Christmas, Sunday, December 25

Custom and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 233,740 in November – the second month of Fiscal Year 2023. It is the slight uptick from the month prior and the third-highest month of encounters in recent history, all occurring under President Joe Biden

Custom and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 233,740 in November – the second month of Fiscal Year 2023. It is the slight uptick from the month prior and the third-highest month of encounters in recent history, all occurring under President Joe Biden

De La Cruz tells DailyMail.com that she hopes to serve on the House Homeland Security Committee after she is sworn into the 118th Congress next month and the GOP takes a majority in the lower chamber.

Estimates show that southern border crossings could skyrocket to 16,000 every day by next month if Title 42 is ended – this includes as many as 7,000 apprehensions in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

Representative-elect De La Cruz, the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, told DailyMail.com that Border officials are not prepared for Title 42 to end because the Biden administration has not rolled-out alternatives to address the southern border crisis.

The White House, according to a report last week, is considering implementing new systems to help migrants seek legal pathways to the U.S. and open up ‘alternative’ options for asylum-seekers.

Facing immense pressure to act before Title 42 ends in just two days, the report revealed that the Biden administration is now considering creating an online application process for asylum-seekers.

‘Wow, well, what a joke,’ De La Cruz said in an interview last week. ‘That just tells us how out of touch the Biden administration is with what is actually happening down here.’ 

The White House is considering new border-related policies as it prepares for the end of Title 42, including making it 'tougher' for migrants to be granted their asylum claims. Pictured: Migrants stand by a fire on the bank of the Rio Grande River trying to stay warm as temperatures dropped to sub-freezing over the holiday

The White House is considering new border-related policies as it prepares for the end of Title 42, including making it ‘tougher’ for migrants to be granted their asylum claims. Pictured: Migrants stand by a fire on the bank of the Rio Grande River trying to stay warm as temperatures dropped to sub-freezing over the holiday

Representative-elect Monica De La Cruz, who will represent a Texas border district in the 118th Congress, told DailyMail.com that Biden's border policies are a 'joke'

Representative-elect Monica De La Cruz, who will represent a Texas border district in the 118th Congress, told DailyMail.com that Biden’s border policies are a ‘joke’

‘Joe Biden has never even come down to our southern border,’ the incoming congresswoman lamented. ‘He has not talked to our RGV [Rio Grande Valley] sector agents, to find out what it is that they need, and what they recommend as being the front line on this out-of-control border crisis.’ 

She dismissed the online application process idea, claiming there’s no shot it would work for any legitimate asylum-seekers who are fleeing to violence or persecution.

‘When you’re talking about this online application – these immigrants who are traveling over here are traveling with a backpack and a tent,’ she explained. ‘There’s no internet or computers to download – that’s a complete joke.’

She also noted that only about 20 percent of those claiming asylum actually have ‘legitimate asylum claims.’

Migrants line up in San Luis, Arizona on Monday to be taken by bus to a processing center as they claim asylum just one day before Title 42 could expire

Migrants line up in San Luis, Arizona on Monday to be taken by bus to a processing center as they claim asylum just one day before Title 42 could expire

Originally, the Biden administration tried to end Title 42 in late May 2022 – but due to several court challenges, the date was pushed back until December 21 – just four days before Christmas.

But two days before the policy was set to end, the Supreme Court issued a stay on the order as it reviewed GOP requests for a longer pause.

Chief Justice John Roberts, a conservative, gave Biden’s team until Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. to respond to the order – to which the administration requested that the court deny the request, but extend the pause until 11:59 p.m. on December 27.

The online portal being weighed by the administration would allow certain asylum-seekers to apply for asylum and then seek permission to fly to the U.S. to remain on temporary humanitarian grounds as their claims are considered, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The aim would be to take pressure off of border crossings.

Another plan to disincentivize people from making the harrowing journey to the U.S. through parts of South and Central America, is to bring back an ‘updated’ version of a transit ban policy implemented under former President Donald Trump.

Sources claim that the so-called transit ban would subject migrants to speedy deportation ‘unless they can pass a tougher initial asylum screening’ than what is currently in place.

El Paso, Texas is feeling the brunt of the migration crisis currently, with thousands walking into the U.S. every day at that crossing point alone and at least hundreds camping out on the streets of the city with nowhere else to go after being released from Border Patrol custody.

The city’s Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser declared a state of emergency in El Paso last weekend. 

Members of the Texas National Guard arrived in El Paso last Monday to help reinforce border security in the Texas city as thousands crossed in the matter or days

Members of the Texas National Guard arrived in El Paso last Monday to help reinforce border security in the Texas city as thousands crossed in the matter or days

Migrants are sleeping on deconstructed cardboard on the streets of El Paso as temperatures have dropped below freezing in the southern border city.

De La Cruz will be the first Republican and woman to represent Texas’s 15th congressional district since its establishment in 1902. The district spans a portion of the southern border near the tip that Texas shares with Mexico. The district includes a popular migrant crossing area in McAllen, Texas. 

The congresswoman-elect told DailyMail.com that if Title 42 ends, the Biden administration needs to tackle the migration crisis by ‘reinstituting the Remain in Mexico Policy’, as well as working with ‘safe’ South and Central American countries as alternative nations for asylum-seekers and providing more resources to Border Patrol.

She claimed agents need ‘night-vision goggles’ and ‘drones,’ and even claimed that some don’t have fully operational vehicles due to budget and resource restrictions.

Author: Sagar Sharma

With over 2 years of experience in the field of journalism, Sagar Sharma heads the editorial operations of the Elite News as the Executive Reporter.

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