Kelly proposes bill to expand Title 42 eviction policy

U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) sponsored legislation May 10 that would extend an order suspending the right of certain aliens to enter the United States along its land borders until Feb. 1, 2025.

“I have no confidence in the Biden administration to develop a comprehensive, long-term immigration plan,” Rep. Kelly said. “Over the past 16 months, the Biden administration has shown it cannot contain the continued influx of migrants. Instead, they just delivered empty rhetoric. Immigration centers remain overwhelmed with waves of illegal immigrants crossing in their thousands.

Specifically, Rep. Kelly’s bill, the SPC. Bishop E. Evans Border Security Act, HR 7707, seeks to enhance U.S. border security by extending the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) March 2020 order under Title 42 U.S. law which suspends the right to bring certain persons into the United States from countries with a quarantinable communicable disease.

On April 1, the Biden administration announced that the order, commonly known as the Title 42 deportation policy, would end on May 23. But, according to Rep. Kelly, “The expansion of Title 42 provides a vital short-term solution for the Department of Homeland Security to keep the flow of illegal immigrants to our nation’s borders.

“The lifting of Title 42 will only worsen the humanitarian crisis,” the congressman said.

Title 42 is a public health and welfare law enacted in 1944 that gave the Surgeon General of the United States the authority – which was later transferred to the CDC – to determine whether a communicable disease in a foreign country is present. a risk of spreading in the United States, according to reports. provided by Kelly rep staff.

Under the Trump administration’s interpretation of Title 42, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials could immediately deport anyone entering the country without authorization to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the report said, an action that closed the border to non-essential travel in the “interest of public health”.

Rep. Kelly’s bill is a companion law to S. 4022 of the same name, introduced on April 6 by 11 Republicans, including the US Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND) and Tim Scott (R-SC).

The bill is named after National Guard Specialist Bishop E. Evans, a 22-year-old field gunner from Arlington, Texas, who died rescuing drowning migrants trying to cross the Rio Grande at America’s southern border.

If passed, the measure would extend the authority of Title 42 by codifying into law the CDC’s Title 42 deportation order until February 1, 2025 to suspend the right of certain aliens to enter America.

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