Hoeven Continues Efforts to Extend Title 42 Order

Senator Again Presses Biden Administration to Keep Immigration Tool in Place

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) in urging Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to extend the Title 42 Public Health Order. The senators highlight the dangerous and reckless consequences the decision to rescind Title 42 would have, and point to the expected surge of illegal immigrants that would cross the southern border as a result.

“Rescinding the Title 42 Order during a border crisis, and with knowledge of a building surge of illegal immigrants, presents a serious threat to public safety,” the senators wrote. “This decision is being made amidst alarming reports the Administration is preparing for a surge of 170,000 illegal immigrants who will attempt to enter the United States if the Biden Administration rescinds Title 42. Other reports state that the Department of Homeland Security estimates up to 60,000 illegal immigrants are already waiting at the border in anticipation of this policy being rescinded.”

In addition to Hoeven and Tillis, the letter was signed by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Jerry Moran (R-Kans.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Click here for the full text of the letter. Earlier this week, Hoeven helped introduce legislation to extend the Title 42 Public Health Order until February 2025. The senator also recently pressed the Biden administration to enforce the law and outlined the importance of Title 42 and other key immigration policies at a press conference, and has been pushing DHS for its plan to secure the border.