Politicians on both sides of the political aisle have publicly opposed the Biden administration's plan to nix a Title 42 order, and a recent Morning Consult/Politico survey indicates that the move, which is opposed by a majority of registered voters, marks the administration's most unpopular policy yet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that the termination of the order will go into effect on May 23.
The move could result in an even larger influx of migrants along America's southern border.
The poll, which was conducted from April 1 to April 4, found that while 42% strongly oppose the Biden administration's plan to lift the border controls put in place by the Trump administration in 2020, 13% somewhat oppose the move, 18% somewhat support it, and just 16% strongly support it.
According to Morning Consult, 56% of registered voters are against the move, which represents "the largest backlash against a Biden administration policy among dozens tracked by Morning Consult since January 2021."
Sen. Joe Manchin has panned the plan as a "frightening decision" and warned that it will lead to even more migrants flooding the southern border.
"Title 42 has been an essential tool in combatting the spread of COVID-19 and controlling the influx of migrants at our southern border," Manchin said in a statement. "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."
Americans are already suffering under the financial burden caused by inflation and high gas prices, issues which, if they persist, will represent significant liabilities for Democrats heading into the midterm elections later this year.
If a surge of migrants inundates the border after the Biden administration lifts the Title 42 order next month, the situation will likely serve as an added drag on Democrats during the election cycle — and Biden, who has already had lackluster job approval ratings for some time, could see his ratings slip even farther if the U.S. experiences a spike in migrants at the border.
The public safety implications of border security are manifest: U.S. Customs and Border Protection press releases frequently highlight the apprehension of criminals, including sex offenders.
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