Swing-state Democrats turn on Biden over the border decision on Title 42

This criticism extended this week to governorships in two southwestern swing states, Arizona and Nevada. Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s secretary of state and front-runner for the Democratic nomination for governor, called on Biden to reverse his “hasty decision” and said it would be a disaster to repeal Title 42 “without a clear plan to secure our border.”

Republicans, meanwhile, are throwing themselves beyond the question.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, on Thursday launched a $ 1 million television advertising campaign linking Senator Mark Kelly to Biden’s move due to the Arizona Democrat’s vote in August against a change that would have required the Department of Homeland Security should expel migrants entering the country illegally and may contribute to the spread of Covid-19.

“Kelly voted to allow restrictions to be lifted, which will cause a massive new border increase,” a narrator said in the ad. “Say to Senator Kelly: Stop voting for Biden and against Arizona.”

Kelly campaign spokeswoman Sarah Guggenheimer countered by saying the senator “has provided increased border security resources, introduced bipartisan legislation to address the crisis and has stood up to both the Biden administration and her own party to ensure a safe, humane and orderly process at. the border.”

Ask the administration for defense

The Biden administration is on track to finish Title 42 on May 23rd. The decision, made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, raised concerns about an increase in immigrants.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told CNN this week that his department has “plans” to counter the expected increase. But he would not elaborate.

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“I think we need to be very aware that we are targeting enemies, and these enemies are the cartels and the smugglers, and I will not give them our plans. We will continue our execution, carefully, methodically, in that anticipate different scenarios, “he said.

Vulnerable Democratic lawmakers plan to use a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee with Mayorka next week to distance themselves from the Biden administration’s decision, congressional aides say. They plan to grill the secretary, whose response could provide an insight into how the White House will defend its position.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that the administration is “planning and preparing” for the rollback of Title 42 on May 23, but remains open to talks with lawmakers on immigration reform.

More than 20 states, mostly GOP-led, on Thursday asked a federal judge in Louisiana to immediately block the administration from completing Title 42. The administration on Friday asked the judge to deny the request.

The Democratic split over Title 42 puts candidates in swing states and vulnerable rulers against not just Biden’s White House, but more progressive Democrats and immigration activists.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York is among the loudest advocates for bringing the 42-year-old frontier restrictions to an end. Last month, Schumer, along with Democratic senators Alex Padilla of California and Bob Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, said there was “no benefit to public health in sending asylum seekers back to harm” and urged Biden to “stop breathing new life “into this inhuman Trump policy.” Three weeks later, the administration announced it would lift pandemic restrictions.
Some Democrats for re-election this year, such as Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia, have been condemned by the left to criticize Biden’s move to roll back Title 42.
Kelly and New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassanwho both visited the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this month, signed a Republican-backed law that would delay rollback.
Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, who has also called on Biden to reconsider his plans, has been met with criticism from Republicans for signing a June 2020 letter urging Trump to withdraw what the letter called a “CDC. -suffle ban “.

Michigan Senator Gary Peters, who chairs the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, said this week that the Biden administration may have to delay the rollback of Title 42 until a clearer plan to mitigate the flow of migrants at the southern border is in place.

The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee said he understands why his colleagues running for re-election may be willing to go against Biden.

“I think they’re right to ask questions. That’s a very serious question,” said Peters, who is not up for election this year. “Senators need to take a position that they believe is best for their state.”

Criticism across the midway map

Meanwhile, Democratic opposition to the Biden administration’s move has risen above the map of competitive Senate races in the November midterm elections.

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In Pennsylvania, Lieutenant John Fetterman, an otherwise strong supporter of Biden’s policy, broke with the White House on the 42nd title.

“I think there needs to be a little more thought into it. And I do not think we are quite there yet, quite frankly,” Fetterman said in an interview.

The American rep. Conor Lamb, another candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate, told CNN he is a “skeptic” about the planned rollback.

“I will certainly listen to any argument that the administration wants to make,” Lamb said. “But you know the pandemic is not over. That’s why Title 42 went into place was just to try to help control what happened down there in the light of the pandemic and how things can spread and especially with these different variants. ”

In Wisconsin, Democrats hoping to oust Republican Senator Ron Johnson this fall, Biden hampered Title 42.

Lieutenant Mandela Barnes, Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, and Milwaukee Bucks Director Alex Lasry have all called on the administration to offer a plan to keep both U.S. asylum seekers and residents safe before the public health authority is abolished.

Florida Rep. Val Demings, who challenges GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, was a top candidate for Biden’s deputy in 2020. Her campaign spokesman Christian Slater said Demings, a former Orlando police chief, did not support the repeal of Title 42, “until there is a plan to put more boots on the ground and support our law enforcement at the border. . ”

Democratic Senate candidates in red-hot states have also spoken out.

Ohio Representative Tim Ryan, the leading Democrat in an open-ended Senate race, has co-sponsored a bill that would prevent the Biden administration from what he calls a “wrong and ruthless” decision to lift the Title 42 restrictions.

“Ending this policy prematurely without a way forward does nothing to keep Americans safe, support our border patrol agents, protect asylum seekers, or create the comprehensive solution our immigration system needs,” Ryan said.

And retired Marine Lucas Kunce, a top candidate for the Missouri Open Seat, said: “Revoking Title 42 without any real plan is not politics – it’s politics.”

CNN’s Lauren Fox, Priscilla Alvarez, Manu Raju, Paradise Afshar, Andy Rose and Kate Sullivan contributed to this report.

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