WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., joined Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and his Republican colleagues in introducing a bill to extend Title 42 authority until February 2025. The bill comes in response to President Joe Biden’s decision to rescind Title 42 authority, which the Biden Administration warned would result in a massive surge of illegal immigration across the southern border.
“Strong countries need strong borders, and President Biden’s consistent disregard for the crisis at our border is gravely damaging our country,” Wicker said. “The latest decision to end Title 42 is no exception. Incentivizing additional illegal immigration could bring untold crime, drug trafficking, and economic disruption to our country. Republicans have had enough with President Biden’s charade on immigration. We want to see real changes in our border safety now.”
“Rescinding Title 42 may be Biden’s biggest mistake thus far, and that is a really long list,” Rubio said. “With this action, he is opening our borders and inviting a massive surge of illegal immigration - likely the biggest in U.S. history - that will inflict a lasting and avoidable crisis onto our nation. Ending Title 42 enforcement is reckless, dangerous, and puts our communities in harm's way.”
In addition to Wicker, co-sponsors include U.S. Senators Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Steve Daines, R-Mont., Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Tim Scott, R-S.C.