As Title 42 Ends, Rosen, Cortez Masto, Lee Urge Administration to Increase Resources and Capacity at the Border

With Title 42 Authority Expiring This Week, Senator Rosen Urged The President To Ensure U.S. Border Personnel Have Resources To Manage Flow Of Migrants

WASHINGTON DC – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) led Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV-3) in a letter urging the Biden Administration to swiftly increase support and resources for Customs and Border Protection personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border in light of Title 42 authority ending this week. The members of the Nevada delegation also urged the Administration to increase their coordination with state and local governments and non-governmental organizations to ensure there is capacity to provide support to vulnerable migrants.

“We write with strong concerns that the federal government is still insufficiently prepared for the reality that Title 42 is coming to an end,” wrote the members of Congress. “While we must absolutely work to pass comprehensive immigration reform, we are concerned about a lack of resources to secure our border as soon as Title 42 authority ends on Thursday, May 11. As we transition into a post-Title 42 reality, your Administration must take immediate steps to increase direct support for border personnel, both to safeguard our border and to ensure orderly, efficient, and humane asylee processing moving forward.”

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border need significantly more resources to help process individuals and families so that they can focus on their duties and secure the border,” they continued. “These frontline officials are being stretched thin, hampering their abilities to protect the homeland and to efficiently and humanely move people through the asylum process.”

The full letter can be found aquí.

Senators Rosen, Cortez Masto, and Congresswoman Lee have long been fighting to secure our border and pass comprehensive immigration reform. When the Biden Administration announced last year they were repealing Title 42 without a comprehensive plan in place, Senators Rosen and Cortez Masto publicly raised strong concerns. Last year, Senator Rosen pushed for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship and called on her colleagues to take action to protect Dreamers.