WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) led a press conference with his Senate Republican colleagues calling on the Biden Administration to uphold Title 42 policies. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.
“We’ve had a historic number of what are euphemistically called border encounters.”
“The problem is, this is a hodgepodge of everything from economic migrants, to sex offenders, to drug dealers, to people who are convicted felons.”
“There’s a very important public health law called Title 42, which has been in place during COVID-19, and this has given the Border Patrol the authority to expel certain groups of migrants mainly adult males, without having to go through a long, complex process.”
“Obviously, people coming from around the world, across our border, in many instances from hundreds of different countries, many of them, perhaps most of them, aren’t vaccinated. They’ve not tested for COVID 19.”
“Title 42 is scheduled to expire unless it’s extended. The Border Patrol tell me that if it expires without a plan being put into place to allow them to handle this volume of migrants, they will simply lose control of the border. There’s only so much that the Border Patrol can do.”