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McAllen Mayor Villalobos Urges President Biden to Reconsider Title 42 Policies

Mayor Javier Villalobos pointed to the threat of a new COVID variant and the expected surge in immigrants should Title 42 be lifted.

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McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos. Image by Roberto H Gonzalez

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McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos has urged the Biden Administration to reconsider the announced plan to lift Title 42 protections on May 23, 2022. Given the continued threat of COVID-19, especially with the spread of the BA.2 variant, Mayor Villalobos encouraged President Biden to prioritize the health and safety of Americans. 

Should the Biden Administration lift the Title 42 policies originally implemented in March 2020 to combat the spread of COVID-19, the City of McAllen expects an incredible increase in the number of immigrants attempting to cross the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported 405,036 total encounters with immigrants in 2020 and 1,662,167 in 2021. As of today, encounters in 2022 have already reached 805,157, surpassing 2020 numbers and almost certain to surpass last year’s as well. 

McAllen will remain proactive and prepared but continues to call on the federal government to craft and implement sound immigration policies.

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Read the letter below:

McAllen Mayor Villalobos Letter To President Biden 04132022
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