Texas sheriffs plead with Biden: Shut down the border now

As the Biden administration prepares to end Title 42 protections which allowed for illegal immigrants to be expelled summarily from the United States, two Texas sheriffs are pleading with the president to shut down the southern border due to the flood of migrants.

Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe and Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Monday to discuss the implications of the policy, which has officials expecting up to 18,000 illegal immigrants a day when Title 42 expires in May.

“He needs to shut down the border,” Coe said.

“One of the things that we’ve talked with, Governor Abbott, is [a]… bigger presence near the ports of entry where Texas [Department of Public Safety], the troopers, can stop these trucks coming in that are delivering supplies and goods and do a full safety inspection on them.

“That will clog up the ports of entry, and if we do that within two or three days, the Mexican government will come to our table to help discuss this, but the Biden administration needs to enforce the laws that are … already on the books.”

In addition to the 18,000 illegal immigrants a day, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says it’s possible that if the Biden administration follows through on its plans, 20 percent of Americans could be here illegally.

Sadly, Sheriff Waybourn thought that wasn’t an exaggeration.

“I’m not shocked by it. I think the lieutenant governor’s math is spot-on,” Waybourn said.

“I think that what will be happening behind that that’s more scary is human trafficking and certainly the continuing fentanyl issue … is going to explode,” he continued.

“We know the cartel is absolutely going to take full advantage of this and increase their hand-grasp on the Americans that they don’t care if they kill or not.”

Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, has supercharged the drug crisis in America, causing overdoses because of the small amount of the drug that can kill a person.

Last year, border agents reported an increase in fentanyl seizures in south Texas of over 1,000 percent.

Under Title 42, during times of communicable illness, immigrants from certain nations — whether arriving legally or illegally — could be excluded if they posed a threat of passing along the disease.

Under the Title 42 provisions invoked by former President Donald Trump in March of 2020, all illegal immigrants caught at the border would be summarily deported without the opportunity for an asylum hearing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

President Biden kept this mostly intact with the exception of allowing unaccompanied minors an exemption. This led to record numbers of minors without parents entering the United States illegally during the first few months of the Biden administration.