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Political Theater

            Title 42 expires on May 11, 2023.  What is Title 42?

            It is the code that addresses public health, social welfare, and civil rights. A previously, rarely used clause of the 1944 Public Health Services Law until the Trump Administration began using it in 2020 to help prevent migrants from entering the United States during the COVID pandemic.

            Title 42 grants the government the ability to take emergency action to stop the "introduction of communicable diseases." It was to designate hundreds of thousands of migrants for "expulsion," arguing that allowing these migrants to enter the U.S. may increase the spread of COVID-19.

            President Biden maintained Title 42 for over a year after he came into office, defending the Trump-era argument that the policy was needed to control the spread of COVID-19.

            Earlier this year President Biden announced that he would let the COVID-19 public health emergency expire on May 11.  Along with it, Title 42 enforcement would end as well on that date.

            But, the historic migration flows along the southern border continue and the numbers are predicted to rise significantly on May 12 and beyond.

            The Border States and especially the cities at the points of entry are ill-equipped to handle the flow of immigrants that are crossing into them now.  Not to mention those immigrants that bypass those control points and enter the United States illegally.

            The immigrants need help and these Border States cannot handle the numbers.  Federal help is a pittance in comparison to what is needed.  The immigrants were being flown by the United States government to other cities and bused to so-called sanctuary cities.  They, too, are now begging for federal government dollars to help with the influx in cities like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. 

            All they hear are crickets.  Now, instead of attacking those responsible for the problem (yes, it is a problem) these cities and states are attacking each other.  Cities like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. don't seem to realize that the Border States don't have the resources (federal or state) to address the scale of this current surge, let alone what is projected later this month. 

            There, I said both words – problem and surge.  Many politicians refuse to use either one to describe it.  Come to think of it, some of the mayors of those cities still won't use those words. 

            If the Washington, D.C. elitists and pundits don't think it's a problem for the Border States, why is it a problem for sanctuary cities?

            Neither one is federally equipped (read dollars) to handle the problem.  What are you going to do about it?  You sit back and laugh while the state and local officials point fingers at each other.  So what?  It's another reason for division.  Apparently they think division is good.

            Washington D.C. elected officials are the ones pulling the strings on this political theater. 






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