Could the omnibus bill even put plans for the southern border on hold?

December 20 – With the pending omnibus bill setting up the federal government until September 2023, the purse strings will be controlled until then, cutting off some of the Republican control that could be gained when the party takes over the House of Representatives in January. 

That could include any legislation for the southern border, where between 8,000 and 12,000 people cross a day. Read that again:  up to 12,000 people cross the border every day. 

Last night, the Supreme Court issued a ruling halting President Biden’s decision to stop Title 42. 

The government has until 5 p.m. today to file a written response to the order. 

Title 42 is a provision in federal law that gives the executive branch the authority to block the entry of anyone trying to enter the United States on the basis of public health concerns. President Donald Trump enacted Title 42 during COVID and it has been in place ever since.

There’s been recent talk of lifting Title 42. If that happens, there are predictions that the daily number of border crossings will increase to possibly 18,000 people a day.

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Public officials along that border area were warning of total chaos come tomorrow when Title 42 expired.” 

Congressman John Joyce said, “Repealing Title 42 would have been a disaster for the communities, particularly along the southern border, but we don’t escape that, either. We’re seeing that humanitarian crisis as these migrants are shipped throughout the United States. This problem won’t go away just because of the ruling. The Biden administration’s attempt to end President Trump’s remain in Mexico policy will continue to cause a crisis and the ongoing chaos throughout America, particularly right now on the border. It incentivizes the drug cartels. They continue to smuggle migrants as long as there’s a promise that this policy could end sometime in the future. What we need to do is to take steps to secure our border and enforce the policies that safeguard all of American communities.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “This is very temporary, this stay, so it’s still going to demand some kind of reaction from the administration. Ideally, he should do an executive order, but as we know, the courts are saying the original use for this maybe has passed, but then he could support Congress in passing legislation to do that. Isn’t he just going to use this to try to twist your arms to get you to give all kinds of amnesty and as we know that never works because the border never ends up controlled then.” 

Joyce said, “Let’s go back to the purpose of what originally was with Title 42 because of the health crisis. There is a continued health crisis that will occur as individuals with measles and tuberculosis continue to pour across our southern border. I still think there’s an impact of Title 42. We have a measles outbreak. We have an influx of tuberculosis into our country. These migrants are being opened up and welcomed and put right into communities without any type of evaluation to protect our country. I think Title 42 still has a role in this discussion. I hope the Supreme Court recognizes that and realizes that the sovereignty of our country depends on protecting our borders. Whether it’s members of Congress, whether it’s administration or the Supreme Court, we all have that responsibility and I think we need to take it seriously right now as this crisis escalates.”

Barkdoll said, “This order from Justice Roberts gives everyone a reprieve, but he by no means is getting into the merits of the case. He easily within the next week could say, well, we still can’t allow this policy to remain in effect, which takes everyone back to square one and you’re still seeing nothing out of the Biden White House or Congress on something they’re going to put on the table to address this problem.”