(Headline USA) A migrant caravan from Guatemala is heading towards the southern border and is set to arrive by the time Title 42 expires, setting up a potentially disastrous combination.
“Yes, I have been informed a caravan is planning on leaving Guatemala with the intent to arrive at the US Border on May 23,” National Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd told Fox News this week.
“The problem with caravans is that they often break up into smaller groups after crossing into Mexico.”
Republican lawmakers, joined by several Democrats, have warned the Biden administration that the southern border will be overwhelmed if Title 42 is not extended. Title 42 is a public health order, implemented during the Trump administration, that allowed border officials to immediately turn away migrants who crossed into the country illegally.
“It’s no surprise that a caravan plans to illegally enter the U.S. in May when President Biden ends Title 42 expulsions,” Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said.
“President Biden’s open borders agenda has rolled out the welcome mat to illegal border crossers and has signaled to the world our immigration laws can be violated without consequence.”
Comer said that he and several other lawmakers watched as two illegal immigrants took selfies after crossing the border illegally while they were in Yuma, Arizona.
“We saw illegal migrants making a mockery of our immigration laws by taking selfies at the unfinished border wall in Yuma,” he continued. “Ending Title 42 will turn the border crisis into a catastrophe. President Biden must keep Title 42 in place.”
Texas officials have started busing detained migrants to Washington, D.C. to urge the Biden administration to get serious about the border crisis. The first bus, carrying nearly two dozen migrants, arrived in the nation’s capital, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol building, on Wednesday.
“As the federal government continues to turn a blind eye to the border crisis, the State of Texas will remain steadfast in our efforts to fill in the gaps and keep Texans safe,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement shortly after the drop-off.