Border City Mayor Explains Why Ending Title 42 Is Potentially Dangerous for Public Safety

Border City Mayor Explains Why Ending Title 42 Is Potentially Dangerous for Public Safety
Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

The mayor of McAllen, Texas, explained in a recent interview with Border Report that the Biden administration’s decision to end Title 42 will pose both public safety and health risks, and he’s right.

“My position would be, ‘Do not lift Title 42 until I know that our community is 100% safe,’” Republican Mayor Javier Villalobos told the outlet on Monday.

He noted that while coronavirus is a much lesser issue in the United States than it was months ago, having a large influx of people from another country could throw a wrench in that progress.

“If they do lift Title 42 look at what’s going on in different areas of the country,” Villalobos added.

“COVID still exists. A lot of people think just because we’re doing well it can stay that way but we are concerned about it.”

Notably, Villalobos said that the expected massive increase in people can put a greater strain on local charities as well as the federal government, which is already overwhelmed due to the administration’s poor handling of the crisis. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that 18,000 people could be encountered by officials each day at the southern border once the public health order is gone, ABC News reported.

“My concern is if they lift (Title) 42 the numbers will be incredible. I don’t know whether Catholic Charities (of the Rio Grande Valley), with the assistance of McAllen or anybody else, is going to be able to take care of business,” he said, according to the outlet.

While the mayor does not take an official position about the legal status of the people coming to the U.S., it’s clear that having even more people show up at McAllen’s doorstep is problematic. Plenty of border communities like McAllen are fairly safe, as Villalobos mentioned, and this tarnishes their reputation domestically for people looking to relocate their families or businesses to the area.

“We take no position as to whether they are legal or illegal, whether they are entitled to immigration or asylum, or not. So our position is public safety and that’s what we do and we’ll keep on doing it as much as we can,” he continued.

Title 42, which expels people from the country because of public health concerns, is slated to end on May 23. However, a federal judge is poised to decide this week whether or not that move will go forward, according to The New York Post.

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