Biden Admin Sends Honduran Migrants Home Under Title 42
According to a source within CBP, the Biden administration will begin bringing Honduran migrants home in accordance with Title 42. The source says flights begin this week and could further reduce migrant crossings at the southwest border.
The plan adds to the earlier expansion of Title 42 COVID-19 authority announced in January, which stated that Cuban and Nicaraguan migrants were subject to deportation. In October, the administration first expanded the program to include Venezuelans.
The expansions resulted in an immediate and noticeable reduction in border crossings for migrants. In January, border crossings for migrants fell by almost 60% compared to December. Border Patrol agents in the nine southwestern border sectors apprehended approximately 130,000 migrants during the reporting period. This figure is down from 220,000 in December 2022.
During a White House briefing on Monday, spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre pointed to the reduction: “We still have more work to do … but unlike the Republicans in Congress who are content with political stunts and d trying to get in the way, we have a real plan, and as you can see, our plan is actually working.
The source told Breitbart Texas that the plan to expand the use of Title 42 as a deterrent against illegal migration is an acknowledgment by the Biden White House that the consequences applied at the time of crossing are effective. This expansion of Title 42 and the addition of flights to Honduras is straight out of the Trump administration’s playbook, the source added.
According to the source, ICE kidnapping flights to Central and South America are taking off with increasing frequency. On Tuesday, flight tracking resources showed multiple ICE suppression flights were in the air and en route to El Salvador and Ecuador from Laredo, Texas. Another flight took off from El Paso on Tuesday morning with a scheduled stopover in Guatemala.
The extension of Title 42 to Cubans and Nicaraguans began shortly before the announcement of President Joe Biden’s visit to Mexico City for the North American Leaders’ Summit in January. The trip itinerary included a brief, first visit to the border in El Paso amid a leadership change in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief of Law Enforcement Operations, directing the operations of nine Border Patrol Stations in the Del Rio, Texas area. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.