Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued the warning this week that “already historic levels” of unlawful immigration are expected to increase, and migrants should be prepared to be “sent back” if they reach the southern border.
“The United States will continue to enforce its immigration laws,” Mayorkas stated in a video posted by the Department of Homeland Security. “Individuals and families should not put their lives in danger by attempting the hazardous trip just to be sent back.”
“The restrictions on our southwestern border have not altered in any way.” Under Title 42, single people and families will continue to be ejected where appropriate. Those who are unable to produce a legal basis for remaining in the United States will be deported, he stated.
The secretary’s comments come a few days after a federal court halted the Biden administration’s attempt to terminate Title 42, the Trump-era epidemic health order that requires asylum-seekers to wait outside of the country while their claims are processed and accelerates deportations of those who entered illegally. Immigration advocates have urged President Joe Biden to terminate the order, suggesting that the pandemic restrictions are no longer relevant and that the rule is motivated by racism or xenophobia.
However, when the CDC announced in April that Title 42 would be revoked, several Republican-led border states sued, claiming that the Biden administration had not adequately considered the expenses that states would take on as a result of an anticipated increase in illegal immigration once the restriction was lifted.
As many as 50,000 people are believed to be waiting in Mexican shelters for Title 42 to end so they can enter the United States, according to Axios. According to internal data from the DHS, approximately 8,000 individuals try to cross the southern border illegally every day.
“Numbers at historic levels are already being handled by the Border Patrol as a result of significant flows of people fleeing violence, corruption, poverty, climate change, and other difficulties. And numbers may increase still further from uncertainty over recent court orders and as smugglers continue to spread lies in order to make money. “
The Department of Homeland Security is collaborating with other federal agencies and South American governments to keep migrants from attempting to enter the United States, according to Mayorkas.
“The bottom line is that the United States’ borders are not open,” he continued.
“Do not show up at the border. Don’t risk your life just to be sent back.”