WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues including Congressmen Jared Golden (ME-02), Juan Ciscomani (AZ-06), Don Davis (NC-01), David Valadao (CA-22), Wiley Nickel (NC-13), and Zach Nunn (IA-03) in introducing legislation that gives the Biden administration a two-year temporary expulsion authority for migrants who enter the United States illegally, as the Title 42 provision expired and a surge of migrants is expected. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) introduced similar legislation earlier this month.
“Our southern border is currently facing a humanitarian and national security crisis, and the looming expiration of Title 42 will only exacerbate the situation,” said Congressman Fitzpatrick. “In the face of this unprecedented emergency, both Chambers of Congress have proposed a solution that allows our heroic Border Patrol agents to further secure our border and protect our communities. I am proud to join my colleagues on this bipartisan, bicameral legislation and urge the House and Senate to swiftly pass it.”
“The situation at our border is already a dangerous crisis and ending Title 42 without resources and a workable strategy in place will only make it worse,” said Congressman Golden. “This bill arms the Administration with the authority to address this crisis.”
“The expiration of Title 42 has brought greater chaos and uncertainty to our southern border,” said Congressman Ciscomani. “Border communities in my district and other states cannot shoulder the burden of this crisis any longer. While the White House still refuses to act, Congress has stepped up and offered a bipartisan, bicameral solution, which I am proud to support. CBP is underwater, reporting the worst numbers they have ever seen, and this bill will give them the tools they need to do the job we need them to do.”
“With the expiration of Title 42, law enforcement agencies, non-profits, and families are facing an unprecedented strain on resources. I am proud to join a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress to pass legislation to help guarantee our great country is ready to meet this challenge head-on. While our bill is necessary, it is not a permanent solution to fix our broken immigration system,” said Congressman Davis. “The people of eastern North Carolina are calling on Congress to pass bipartisan immigration reform that includes comprehensive measures to secure our border.”
“We’re seeing a humanitarian and national security crisis at our border, with over 1.3 million known evasions in the last two years and record amounts of fentanyl harming our communities,” said Congressman Valadao. “The Biden administration has failed to secure the border, and the expiration of Title 42 is only going to make this situation more dire. This bipartisan, bicameral bill is necessary to give our border patrol agents the tools and time they need to keep our border secure and communities safe.”
“With Title 42 set to expire, the time for decisive action at the southern border is now. While the administration has announced several short-term steps, this is too little too late and Congress must act,“ said Congressman Nickel. “I’m proud to join Rep. Golden and a bipartisan group of members on this important legislation to ensure we can secure the southern border while also giving more time to enact meaningful, long-term reforms to our overburdened immigration system. I’m grateful to Senator Tillis and Senator Sinema for championing this effort in the Senate and look forward to working with Rep. Golden and my House colleagues to get this across the finish line.”
“The situation at the border is already a humanitarian and security nightmare, and it will only get worse with the expiration of Title 42,” said Congressman Nunn. “Working to reform our broken immigration system should not be a partisan issue, which is why it’s so important that this legislation has bipartisan support. Extending Title 42 is a critical piece of the puzzle to getting the mass influx of illegal crossings under control.”
Read the text of the bill HERE.