The Trump-era policy is proving popular with voters and politicians in both parties as criticism continues to mount over Biden’s decision to end it.
Title 42 allowed the US to turn away migrants at the border and stopped them from seeking asylum due to pandemic-related reasons.
It’s no longer vulnerable incumbents who are criticizing Biden planned end to the policy. Now influential Democrat senators are also seeking to distance themselves from the decision.
Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), chair of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he has privately brought up his concerns to administration officials including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
He’s concerned the administration is moving too fast with no real plan to respond to the expected migrant surge once the policy is lifted.
“Unless we have a well-thought-out plan, I think it is something that should be revisited and perhaps delayed. I’m going to defer judgment on that until I give the administration the opportunity to fully articulate what that plan is. But I share … concerns of some of my colleagues,” Peters told reporters.
Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) were among the first to speak out against the change. They are all on the ballot in November and share Peters concern about the optics of an uncontrolled migrant surge.
Meanwhile, progressives and immigration activists have long pressure Biden to end the rule, which they view as inhumane.
But voter polls tell a different story. Although 62% of Democrats say the support the decision, only 33% of Independents feel the same.