(LibertySociety.com) – Last month, Senator Josh Hawley scrutinized the CBP One app during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, saying, “It’s like a concierge service for illegal immigrants.” Now, Fox News is reporting that migrants who seek an exception to Title 42 based on a humanitarian need are being approved for entry into the United States over 99% of the time, with over 75,000 applications having been processed or to be processed before the end of April. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has defended the use of the app, claiming that its use will result in a more secure border and a more humane way of processing migrants.
Title 42, which is a public health rule that requires the automatic expulsion of illegal migrants attempting to enter the country, is set to expire at the end of May 2023, which will shift the purpose of the app from applying for an exception to the rule to simply applying for entry into the country as a refugee. Secretary Mayorkas stated in January that the app “will join one of the many tools and processes this Administration is providing for individuals,” adding that the way they are processed will be much safer, orderly, and more humane than other methods.
The launch of the app was riddled with technical malfunctions, which initially prompted Democratic lawmakers to call for DHS to scrap it, claiming inequity for those who were trying to apply. There have also been complaints about the parole program that DHS is utilizing, with Representative Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., complaining about the requirement of a sponsor to enter the country, which he claims is a privilege that not all refugees are afforded.
Some conservatives have accused the Biden administration of skirting the law by implementing these new policies to paint a picture of a decrease in the number of illegal migrants crossing the southern border.
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