At least six Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate this November have publicly called on Joe Biden to delay ending the pandemic-era immigration policy known as Title 42, which is all but guaranteed to cause another massive surge of illegal aliens across the southern border.
As reported by Politico, among the candidates distancing themselves from Biden’s increasingly unpopular immigration agenda is John Fetterman (D-Penn.), the incumbent Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania and clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for the state’s U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Pat Toomey (R-Penn.).
“We should not end Title 42 until we have a detailed plan in place,” Fetterman said in an interview. “And look, we don’t only need a long-term and detailed plan here for ending Title 42, but we still need to fix our broken immigration system as a whole.”
In North Carolina, Democratic frontrunner Cheri Beasley (D-N.C.) “believes that it is not the right time to lift this policy, especially without a plan in place to deal with a potential influx in migrants,” according to campaign spokeswoman Dory McMillan.
In the more contentious Democratic primary for the Senate seat in Wisconsin, held by incumbent Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), at least three candidates – Mandela Barnes, Sarah Godlewski, Alex Lasry – have all voiced their opposition to Biden’s plans to end Title 42, specifically citing the fact that the administration does not seem to have a concrete plan in place to deal with the influx that is sure to follow.
Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), perhaps the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent up for re-election this year, “does not support lifting Title 42 at this time,” according to a spokesperson. Warnock’s position particularly surprised many observers due to his reputation as a hard-left radical on most other issues. But Warnock, unlike most of the other aforementioned candidates, is essentially already campaigning for the general election against Republican frontrunner Herschel Walker; the college football legend, endorsed by President Donald Trump, is leading in all primary polls and most polls for the general election.
Nevertheless, some equally vulnerable Democrats in key swing states have voiced their support for Biden’s decision, including Senators Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Maggie Hasan (D-N.H.).
Title 42 was first implemented by the Trump Administration amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and specifically cited health concerns as justification for mass deportation of illegal aliens, due to the widespread health risk of letting in millions of unvetted, unvaccinated, and unhealthy illegals. Under this policy, illegal immigration plummeted to the lowest levels in modern history. But Biden, who had campaigned on open-borders and a pro-amnesty stance, has reversed virtually all of the highly successful Trump-era border policies; his administration announced earlier this month that Title 42 would be repealed on May 23rd.