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'This is a dereliction of duty!': Florida Gov. DeSantis decries plan to nix Title 42 order, warns of even greater flood of illegal aliens along US southern border

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Amid bipartisan backlash about the Biden administration's plan to terminate a Title 42 order, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) warned that the move will lead to a surge in illegal aliens along America's southern border, as well as more drug and human trafficking.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that the order will be nixed effective May 23.

"Joe Biden’s reckless border policies have allowed more than 2 million foreigners to enter our country illegally via the southern border," DeSantis, said, according to a press release. "Revoking Title 42 authority will supercharge the already skyrocketing flow of illegal aliens, increasing drug, human, and sex trafficking. Biden is failing miserably to faithfully execute the law and is violating his oath of office."

A tweet posted on the @GovRonDeSantis Twitter account declared, "This is a dereliction of duty!"

People on both sides of the political aisle have been sounding the alarm about the move — last week Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was one of several Democrats who issued statements opposing the plan to lift the Title 42 order.

"Today’s announcement by the CDC and the Biden Administration is a frightening decision," Manchin said in a statement last week.

"Title 42 has been an essential tool in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border. We are already facing an unprecedented increase in migrants this year, and that will only get worse if the Administration ends the Title 42 policy. We are nowhere near prepared to deal with that influx. Until we have comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform that commits to securing our borders and providing a pathway to citizenship for qualified immigrants, Title 42 must stay in place," Manchin said in the statement.

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