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Texas Governor Warns That End Of Title 42 Will Lead To ‘Total Chaos’ At Border

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott

On Sunday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) warned that the end of Title 42, a Trump-era border security policy, is going to lead to “total chaos” at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Abbott’s warning comes as Title 42 is set to end on Wednesday, December 21, after a U.S. federal court denied a last-minute lawsuit filed by a group of Republican attorney generals to keep the border security policy in place.

“If the courts don’t intervene and put a halt of removal to the Title 42 it’s going to be total chaos,” Abbott said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week.”

Host Martha Raddatz responded, “You talk about the border wall, you talk about open borders, I don’t think I’ve ever heard President Biden say, ‘We have an open border, come on over.’ But people I have heard say it are you, President Trump, [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis, that message reverberates in Mexico and beyond. So they do get the message that it’s an open border and smugglers use all those kind of statements.”

“It was known from the time that Joe Biden got elected that Joe Biden supported open borders,” Abbott said. “It is known by the cartels who have sophisticated information whether or not the Biden administration is going to enforce the immigration laws or not is known across the world but most importantly, known among the cartels.”

It should be noted that President Biden promised migrants during his 2020 presidential campaign that the U.S. would be a “safe haven” for them if he was elected. He then quickly pursued ending Title 42 and other border security polices after being elected.

According to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) document obtained by ABC News earlier this year, the end of Title 42 will result in as many as 18,000 migrants attempting to illegally cross the southern border each day.

“The DHS Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) produced projections for post-Title 42 Southwest Border encounters describing low, medium, high, or very high encounter scenarios,” the document says. “These scenarios underpin planning assumptions that generate requirements which in turn drive operational execution. Based on these projections the SBCC is currently planning for 6,000, 12,000 (high) and 18,000 (very high) encounters per day.”

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