The southern border is a ticking time bomb

December 27 – While typically the week between Christmas and New Year’s is fairly quiet in Washington, some people are keeping an eye on the US Supreme Court. 

Title 42 was set to expire last week. Title 42 is a provision that gives the executive branch the power to block entry of anyone trying to come into the country on the basis of public health concerns. President Donald Trump enacted Title 42 during COVID and it has been in place ever since.

With the expiration last week, the Supreme Court granted a brief reprieve. The Biden administration asked to extend it beyond Christmas, even though the Supreme Court has said it may not be legal to continue extending it. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Any day now, we’re obviously past Christmas, any day now, any hour, the Supreme Court could in theory issue a decision that says Title 42 is lifted and there’s still no clear plan on what the government intends to do.” 

Yesterday in Texas, massive tent facilities have been set up in anticipation of Title 42 being lifted. Projections suggest there could be 18,000 people crossing the border every day. 

Barkdoll said, “Biden made this kind of vague comment over the weekend that the government has a plan in place, but no one knows what the plan is.” 

If Title 42 is lifted, the southern border could explode. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “Where are our lawmakers? They’re all on vacation. Nobody is minding the shop.” 

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “Yeah, after passing the omnibus bill, which had money that they specifically said in the bill cannot be used for increasing security at the border, only for processing the greater amounts of people that are going to be coming in. It’s a pretty sick and sad way that they put that through. I don’t understand how we have this impending disaster. It’s already a disaster for some of these border towns and nobody seems to be paying any mind to it.” 

The new Congress will take office a week from today. Could something make it to the floor that could solve this? 

Barkdoll said, “Texas as a state is continuing to deploy the National Guard to the southern border, particularly in the El Paso area. They’re saying as a state government they’re doing what they feel they need to do to protect the security of the state, but this thing could get very bad very quickly if the Supreme Court comes out today or tomorrow and lifts this.”