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Former Labor Secretary Discusses Economic Consequences Of Ending Title 42

Anastasia Boushee
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On Monday, former Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta appeared on Newsmax to discuss the negative impacts that the ending of Title 42 will have on the U.S. economy.

Speaking on Newsmax’s “National Report,” Acosta delved into the consequences of the Biden administration’s decision to end the Trump-era policy — which allowed Border Patrol to quickly expel illegal aliens citing the COVID pandemic and their potential contact with the disease.

Title 42 is set to end on May 11 after President Joe Biden finally succeeded in his repeated attempts to end the policy.


Now, the flood of illegal aliens caused by the policy’s ending is likely to overwhelm Border Patrol and border towns. Some reports estimate that roughly 700,000 illegal aliens are waiting to surge the border when Title 42 ends.

According to Acosta, the major consequence of a surge in illegal immigration is the draining of money and resources from the economy — which will be sent by these illegal aliens to their respective home countries in the form of remittances.

“We need legal immigration that increases our labor force and grows our economy, but illegal immigration just puts a strain on the economy because you are not bringing in workers, you’re bringing in people that are going to take money and resources from those who are working,” the former labor secretary said.

Acosta went on to blast the Biden administration for their mishandling of immigration policy, citing Canada as one of many nations that handles the issue correctly by having “an immigration policy to bring in immigrants that have skills that the economy requires.”


According to experts, when Title 42 ends on Thursday, roughly 10,000 illegal aliens will pour across the southern border.

Acosta believes that the number will be significantly higher if the Biden administration does not take decisive action. He also pointed out that border state governors have already begun declaring states of emergency in response to the impending surge.

The former labor secretary then cited Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ recent visit to the southern border as “proof that the administration has no plan in place” to deal with the illegal immigration crisis.

Instead, according to Acosta, Mayorkas’ visit is part of an effort to cover up the fact that the administration still has “no action items in place” despite having a significant amount of time to deal with the issue.

Meanwhile, even Democrats have demanded that Biden work with Republicans on the border crisis — with Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) sending a letter to Mayorkas calling for the president and Homeland Security secretary to engage in “conversations” about immigration reform.

“As the President has decided to lift the [Title 42] order this week, we now face a doubling of illegal crossings at our southern border by some estimates, exacerbating the current humanitarian and refugee crisis,” she wrote.

“U.S. House Republicans plan to initiate debate about immigration reform in the coming weeks. I urge you and the White House to join me in engaging in these conversations about what the landscape for immigration reform in our country should look like,” Davids added.