Border district Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar accused the Biden administration of ‘listening to immigration activists’ more than lawmakers and agents at the border.
The Texas lawmaker told Fox News Sunday that he has communicated to the White House that it should keep Title 42 in place until the public health emergency from the COVID-19 pandemic is lifted – at the earliest.
We told them but they said that they’re going to continue with lifting the title,’ he told host Sandra Smith.
‘But the thing is, yes, they’re listening to the immigration activists,’ Cuellar said in reference to the White House. ‘But my question is, who’s listening to the men and women in green and in blue? And more importantly, who’s listening to the border communities, the sheriffs, the landowners, the rest of the people that live on the border?’
‘I was in Roma, I was with a lot of people there, not only public officials but other folks – none of them said, ‘yes go ahead and lift Title 42,” he added. ‘None of them said ‘open up the border.”
‘They’re very concerned because they’re on the front line and they’re the ones that, I think, we need to listen to. We need to listen to the border communities,’ the lawmaker insisted.
Some estimates predict that the current 8,000 per day migrant crossing could rise to 18,000 once Title 42 is lifted next month. And some groups warn that there are already hundreds of thousands of migrants within days of the border ready to cross once the policy is no longer being enforced.