Title 42: Becerra warns against using “health coverage” to deal with migration issues

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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra warned on Thursday against using ‘health coverage’ to deal with the crisis on the southern border as he defended the decision of the Biden administration to lift Title 42 in May.

Becerra was asked about the decision to lift Title 42 – a public health order used since March to deport a majority of migrants at the border – during a virtual event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations.

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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) decision has raised concerns among Democrats and Republicans that it will lead to even higher numbers at the southern border and overwhelm already overstretched border agents.

April 5, 2022: Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Becerra emphasized that the order is a public health order that was implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rather than a migration tool.

“Title 42 has been in place since the start of the pandemic because we want to make sure we don’t spread COVID more than necessary, but now the situation is changing, as you know, Americans survive, some people don’t use no more masks, title 42 so at this point according to the CDC’s interpretation of the facts and the science says we no longer need title 42 to protect the public based on health conditions,” he said. he declares.

He then acknowledged that there was a “border situation” and that people were warning that it was going to cause a problem.

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“It’s possible, but you’re not using a health law to deal with a migration challenge, you’re using migration laws to deal with migration challenges,” he said.

“You cannot use health coverage to deal with the challenges of migration,” he added.

He then stressed that it was up to Congress to change the immigration law, noting the Biden administration’s early efforts to pass a sweeping immigration reform bill that included a massive amnesty for immigrants. million illegal immigrants – but which has been stalled by lack of Republican support.

“It’s incumbent on Congress to work with this administration, which on its first day in office introduced … immigration reform legislation,” he said.

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His comments did not seem to indicate there was a change coming on the matter coming from the Biden administration, despite reports that the White House was considering extending the order beyond the May 23 deadline.

“It is important that we address migration challenges at the border with our laws that deal with migration rather than trying to launch a health law to do the migration work,” he said.

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