Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., on Sunday lambasted President Biden’s “reckless” U.S. border policies, telling “Fox News Sunday” that Democrats invited the ongoing immigration crisis.
Donalds appeared with host Shannon Bream to discuss developments on the US-Mexico border after the Biden administration ended Title 42 on Thursday. The young lawmaker accused Biden of handing over “operational control” of the border to drug cartels and human traffickers.
“What’s happening now is because of Joe Biden’s recklessness – his desire when he became president to tear up all the Trump-era policies that secured our border, and now they’re scrambling to find a solution. to the crisis that Joe Biden has created,” Donalds said.
“What the Democrats have always wanted is this massive border push without any checks,” he said.
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Donalds’ appearance comes just a day after the Biden administration attempted to mass release illegal immigrants to the United States without court dates or any way to monitor them. A federal judge blocked that policy, and the Biden administration’s subsequent appeal was denied on Saturday.
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United States District Court Judge T. Kent Wetherell II denied the administration’s request in a filing this weekend, calling his request for an emergency stay a ruling preventing him from releasing the migrants without a court date after the expiration of title 42 “bordering on frivolity”.
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“DHS’s Chicken Little arguments about the impact of not using ‘parole’ under either policy as a tool to deal with the influx of foreigners arriving at the border are difficult to reconcile with recent comments by the DHS Secretary that only ‘a fraction of the people we meet’ will be paroled in the country and that ‘the vast majority will be processed at our border patrol facilities and centers ICE detention,” wrote Wetherell, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump.
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Sailings increased in the days leading up to the end of Title 42 on Thursday, but numbers declined throughout the weekend. Reports from migrants indicate that a whisper campaign suggested to many that the best time to come to the United States was before the end of Title 42, although the law actually serves as a tool for deportations, according to NBC.
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.