April 14, 2022 Updated 1:50 P.M. ET
TALLAHASSEE (FCV) – Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody will sue the Biden Administration for planning to rescind the Title 42 Order and allow more migrants to come into the country.
“Ending Title 42 would be a disaster and further the chaos at the southwest border that is making it easier for drug cartels and human smugglers to advance their illicit practices in our country,” Moody said Thursday in a statement.
The Title 42 Order, issued during the COVID-19 pandemic, gives border agents the ability to expel migrants attempting to enter the U.S. who traveled from a country where a communicable disease is present.
President Joe Biden’s administration announced plans to terminate the Title 42 Order May 23rd.
“After considering current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19 (such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics), the CDC Director has determined that an Order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Moody said rescinding Title 42 would prompt mass migration at the U.S. southwest border and overwhelm federal authorities. Moody joined 20 other attorneys general who filed an amended complaint to push back on the administration’s plan.
Governor Ron DeSantis warned migrants not to enter Florida after Fox News reported that a bus of migrants from Texas who were dropped off in Washington, D.C. plan to travel to Miami.
“To those who have entered the country illegally, fair warning: do not come to Florida. Life will not be easy for you, because we are obligated to uphold the immigration laws of this country, even if our federal government and other states won’t,” the Executive Office of the Governor of Florida told Fox News Digital in a statement.
Moody said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimates that there might already be 25,000 migrants waiting in shelters just south of the border who will seek to enter the U.S. once Title 42 is no longer in effect.
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