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President Joe Biden admitted Tuesday that the southern border will be "chaotic for a while," starting when Title 42 expires on May 11.
Over 5 million illegal aliens have stolen across the border in the years Biden has been in office. Various American communities along the border are presently in crisis. Illegal immigration is already costing taxpayers $151 billion per year. Thousands of criminal noncitizens are committing grievous crimes in the homeland every year. It is, therefore, unclear by what measure the president qualifies chaos.
Biden suggested that his administration, which has incentivized illegal immigration, is presently working to make the break with Title 42 orderly, "but it remains to be seen," reported the Associated Press.
The president's suggestion this week that chaos is imminent conflicts with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' claim last week that the Biden administration has "been preparing for quite some time and we are ready."
Title 42, first implemented under Republican then-President Donald Trump in March 2020, has been used to great effect in recent years, ejecting roughly 2.8 million illegal immigrants to date.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that the Biden administration has a "robust process to deal with what is going to occur after Title 42 lifts," but shifted blame for the border crisis to the Republican-held Congress, claiming lawmakers "refuses to do their job as it relates to the border."
The White House announced Monday that President Biden would veto the latest effort by Republicans in Congress to bolster American sovereignty and address the border crisis, reported Fox News Digital.
"While we welcome Congress’ engagement on meaningful steps to address immigration and the challenges at the border, this bill would make things worse, not better," said the White House. "Because this bill does very little to actually increase border security while doing a great deal to trample on the Nation’s core values and international obligations, it should be rejected."
The bill in question, sponsored by Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), would prompt the resumption of border wall construction, add more Border Patrol agents, end catch-and-release policies, and better enable federal agencies to manage illegal immigration at the southern border.
Rather than pursuing this and other meaningful options, Biden has dispatched 1,500 active-duty troops to the border — troops who are prohibited from curbing the influx of migrants.
Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder noted that the troops sent to reinforce border security will be primarily used as observers and are "not there in any way to be interacting with migrants."
The 2,500 National Guard members, while highly capable, appear to have been similarly preventing from repelling the coming mass migration, tasked instead with monitoring, detection, and air transportation, according to the Associated Press.
While the Biden administration opposes solutions from Congress and handicaps America's armed response, masses of foreign nationals march towards the border.
Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) told Fox News that the Guatemalan president, Alejandro Giammattei, has warned of over 80,000 migrants, primarily from Venezuela, heading toward the southern border.
The Associated Press reported that thousands of Panamanians, Colombians, Haitians, Chinese, and Ecuadorians are similarly contributing to the northbound flow of migrants keen on exploiting Title 42's expiration.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser estimated that at least 10,000 migrants are waiting in Juárez for Title 42 to fall before rushing the border, reported PBS.
July Rodriguez, the director of Support for Venezuelan Migrants, told the Miami Herald, "There are media reports in Mexico that there might be around 600,000 migrants heading to the border."
Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) picked up on a similar report, suggesting in late April that Mexican cartels were preparing to flood the border with between 700,000 and 1 million illegal aliens in an effort to overwhelm Border Patrol, reported American Military News.
\u201cBREAKING NEWS: Cartels Plan to Overwhelm the Southern Border with 700,000 to a Million Illegal Immigrants Once Title42 Ends \n\n@RepAndyBiggsAZ \nhttps://t.co/NzF2hIG5Fm\u201d— Grace Chong \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Grace Chong \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1682644504
"This is a big crisis. No one knows what is going to happen the day after the end of Title 42," said Rodriguez. "This is getting out of hand."
Rodriguez noted, "There are a lot of rumors that people are being able to get into the United States and they believe that people are lying when they say that the border is closed."
Despite Biden's admission that the border will soon be roiled, extra to the precedent set under his watch, a senior official in his administration told reporters Tuesday, "We do expect to see an increase [in illegal aliens arriving at the border]. ... But we do believe over time that these programs that expand legal pathways, that increase consequences for irregular migration, will have a sustainable and long-standing impact on our flows."
The administration has planned but has yet to open processing centers in Guatemala and Colombia to pre-screen migrants for eligibility and has also announced that its CBP One program will be expanded to handle more appointments with illegal aliens.
Apparently, thousands of migrants missed the memo and are already massing at the border.
Drone footage shows just some of the thousands of illegal aliens who have already poured in this week, in this case in Brownsville, Texas:
\u201cNEW: Our Fox drone over another enormous group of migrants who crossed illegally into Brownsville yesterday evening. As of yesterday, CBP sources tell us Border Patrol\u2019s Rio Grande Valley sector was already running at 140% capacity in its facilities, and T42 hasn\u2019t dropped yet.\u201d— Bill Melugin (@Bill Melugin) 1683724037
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.