Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says that if the Biden administration succeeds in rescinding Title 42 there will be a “completely open border.” This is why he’s recently joined a lawsuit suing the administration over its choice to end the public health policy.
The Daily Wire reports:
“The Defendants now seek to eliminate their Title 42 border-control measures, which are the only rules holding back a devastating flood of illegal immigration,” the complaint states. “But they failed to follow the Administrative Procedure Act in attempting this destructive rescission of Title 42. Without justification or concern for Texans, the Defendants unlawfully disregarded the APA’s notice-and-comment requirements, refused to consider numerous factors of crucial importance to their rulemaking, and laid bare the incoherence of their decision-making.”
Paxton joins a bipartisan coalition of chief legal advisors and lawmakers that oppose Title 42’s rollback. An increasing number of Democrats have joined Republican members of Congress in urging Biden not to end the directive. One senior Democrat aide said “there’s a lot of lobbying” and that Biden should “extent it and move on.”
Speaking to The Daily Wire, Paxton said Title 42’s repeal will make worse an already ineffective border system under Biden. He also said that the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as “Remain in Mexico,” ought to remain in place. The Trump-era policy allows the government to release migrants with asylum claims to Mexico as they await hearings in the U.S. and is being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Those two programs have been the most effective at stopping people from coming into the country,” said Paxton. “This is huge for my state. We’re already overwhelmed given the fact that the Biden administration is ignoring federal law and every other aspect of immigration. This is the only thing we have left.”
This is the latest effort by AG Paxton to hold the Biden administration accountable for its reckless management of the border. Last year Paxton sued the administration over its decision to end the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy.