The repeal of COVID-era Title 42 this week will cause “total chaos” on the southern border, where cities are already overwhelmed by the massive influx of migrants awaiting the end of public health policies, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said .
A federal appeals court on Friday denied a request by Republican-led states to stay a lower court’s decision in November allowing the program that has deported thousands of migrants to be phased out on Wednesday.
“Unless the courts step in and stop the removal of Title 42, there will be total chaos,” Abbott told ABC News’ This Week co-host Martha Raddatz in an interview Sunday.
Former President Donald Trump introduced Title 42 in the early months of the pandemic to block immigrants who may be infected with the coronavirus from entering the United States.
Under Title 42, federal law enforcement officials have deported 2.5 million migrants apprehended at the border, according to government statistics.
Texas was one of the states asking the courts to keep the rule.
Raddatz asked Abbott why Texas and the other states were trying to keep Title 42 in place, saying it was a public health risk, not an immigration policy.
“Whether it’s COVID or some other issue, when people come in from all over the world without even knowing what their health status is, it’s a public health risk almost by definition. There’s every reason to keep that going,” Abbott replied.
The lifting of the policy is estimated to result in more than 6,000 migrants crossing the border each day, meaning border towns already struggling to house and feed immigrants will be further inundated.
The mayor of El Paso, Texas, declared a state of emergency on Saturday before the deadline.
“Our asylum seekers are not safe,” Mayor Oscar Leeser said at a press conference. “We have hundreds and hundreds on the streets and that’s not how we treat our people.”
Lesser said the city may need to resort to a nearby military base to house immigrants.
Abbott, who has shipped thousands of immigrants from Texas to Democrat-run cities across the country, including New York, said the sheer number of illegal immigrants arriving in the US hinders the chances of others who arrive legally to seek asylum to obtain.
“There are people around the world who have a valid, solid reason to come to the United States, and they can legally do so now. The people who have the ability to legally enter the United States are being pushed further and further behind every day with the thousands of illegal immigrants crossing the border,” he said.
Raddatz pushed back on “open border” claims made by some Republicans, saying she has never heard President Biden say there is an open border, but she has heard Abbott, Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis say so repeated.
“Ever since Joe Biden was elected, it has been known that Joe Biden supports open borders,” the Texas governor said.
“The cartels are known to have sophisticated intelligence,” he continued. “Whether or not the Biden administration will enforce immigration laws is well known around the world, but especially among the cartels.”
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