As the border situation continues to spiral out of control, the Department of Homeland Security published a statement late Saturday night, on Christmas Eve, in an effort to contain the damage. The declaration was made at the same time that President Biden is battling to have Title 42, a pandemic-era law that limited illegal immigration, abolished.
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to fully enforce our immigration and public health laws at the border. Individuals and families attempting to enter without authorization are being expelled, as required by court order under the Title 42 public health authority, or placed into removal proceedings. As temperatures remain dangerously low all along the border, no one should put their lives in the hands of smugglers, or risk life and limb attempting to cross only to be returned, ” as per the statement.
Regardless of nationality, anyone making an unauthorized entry attempt is subject to expulsion in accordance with Title 42. If a person cannot be expelled in accordance with Title 42, they may be placed in expedited removal, and anyone ordered removed is subject to a 5-year entry bar under Title 8.
The United States continues to send back Venezuelans who try to enter the country through ports of entry, and they will no longer be able to participate in the Venezuela Migration Enforcement Process that was announced in October.
In light of DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and President Joe Biden’s open border policies, illegal immigrants have camped out in the streets of several border towns as frigid weather sweeps in.