(John Ransom, Headline USA) As vunerable Democrats face the prospect of resounding defeat in November’s midterm elections, more are opposing the Biden administration’s scrapping of Trump-era health safeguards that have helped curb illegal immigration, as well as the spread of COVID-19.
A majority of the U.S. Senate disagrees with Biden’s decision to eliminate the Title 42 policy that limits illegal immigration.
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Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who won reelection to the Senate by a narrow margin in 2020, said he has talked with administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, about delaying the suspension of Title 42, according to the Epoch Times.
“Unless we have a well-thought-out plan, I think it is something that should be revisited and perhaps delayed,” said Peters, who chairs both the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, in addition to Senate Democrats’ campaign committee.
While the order, which empowers the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish immigration policy—was never intended to be permanent, the goal for Democrats may be delaying the expiration of Title 42 until after the election, when they can resume their current open-border policy with impunity.
Even as many voters have already turned against the administration on kitchen-table issues like inflation, domestic energy production, the possibility of food shortages, and mask and vaccine mandates, the Morning Consult called ending Title 42 “Biden’s Most Unpopular Move Yet.”
That adds up to a lot of angry voters.
“A majority of registered voters (56%) oppose the decision to remove the border controls implemented by the Trump administration, the largest backlash against a Biden administration policy among dozens tracked by Morning Consult since January 2021,” the polling agency said following an April 1-4 survey of 2,003 registered voters.
Some anonymous Democrat aides, who might find a pink slip in November, went off-the-record with The Hill to admit that even Democrats are unhappy with Biden on immigration.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but there’s a lot of lobbying,” said a senior Senate Democratic aide, who added that the easiest solution would be to delay lifting the order until the fall or after the election.
“I think it is almost certain they will either have to change their ruling on Title 42 or come up with something else that is going to address what will otherwise be a very critical problem at the border,” a second Senate aide told The Hill.
“Seeing how we’ve been unable to come up with a successful Plan B over the past two years … I think pushing back the Title 42 rescission is probably the more likely outcome,” the aide added.
But after the election, the result will be the same: Open borders supported by Democrats.