California’s Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has warned President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris that the immigration system is “about to break.”
Gov. Newsom issued the warning in response to President Donald Trump’s successful Title 42 policy officially coming to an end next week.
Title 42 requires illegal immigrants to return to Mexico while their asylum requests are being processed.
The policy was widely praised for keeping illegal alien numbers down and also acting as a deterrent for economic migrants who don’t have valid claims for asylum.
However, the Biden administration has scrapped the policy, meaning illegal border crossers will be free to flood into the U.S. whether they have a valid asylum claim or not.
Newsom is now warning that he fears California’s immigration system won’t be able to cope with the influx.
“Just got back from Mexicali, which is on the other side of the border,” Newsom said in a video message.
“While I had the opportunity to meet with the governor and meet with some international humanitarian leaders, as well as many migrants from Haiti, from Guatemala, and from parts of Mexico that are waiting for their asylum processing right here at the border.
“So we’re here now on the other side in Calexico.
“And we’re here just to get an understanding, a deep understanding, of what the world looks like pre-Title 42.
“And what it, likely, is going to look like in a few weeks post-Title 42.”
At the border today.
CA has invested $1B to humanely support migrant communities & secure our border. We can’t do this alone.@POTUS has proposed real reform that will fix our broken immigration system—but @GOPLeader has done nothing but exploit the situation for political gain pic.twitter.com/aI0vKbpGAt
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 13, 2022
Newsom also told ABC:
“The federal government is sending more and more flights, and more and more buses directly here to California because this state is doing what no other state’s doing.
“And that’s absorbing and protecting and preserving our values and advancing them by doing health care screenings, and taking care of folks, and the more we do, the burden is placed disproportionately on us.
“We’re already at capacity and nine of our sites.
“We can’t continue to fund all of these sites because of the budgetary pressures now being placed on this state and the offsetting issues that I have to address.
“The reality is, unless we’re doing what we’re doing, people will end up on the streets.”
Newsom also took a swipe at Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for flying migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
“I mean, that’s just comedy and tragedy,” he said.
Newsom then warned that the immigration system is “about to break” in California.
“The fact is, what we’ve got right now is not working, and it’s about to break in a post-42 world unless we take some responsibility and ownership,” he said.
“I’m saying that as a Democrat.
“I’m not saying that to point fingers.
“I’m saying that as a father, I’m saying that as someone that feels responsible for being part of the solution, and I’m trying to do my best here.”
Meanwhile at the border https://t.co/B57ATQ68a7
— Andy Scott (@AndyJScott) December 13, 2022