May 4 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) introduced bipartisan legislation resembling the operations of Title 42, giving the Biden Administration a two-year temporary expulsion authority for migrants attempting to illegally enter the U.S. without inspection or proper documents. The Senators’ legislation is cosponsored by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and John Cornyn (R-TX).

“The Biden Administration has failed to secure the border and the situation will get even worse once Title 42 is allowed to expire. It's clear that Congress must immediately step in, and the bipartisan bill I'm introducing with Senator Sinema will help prevent the catastrophic fallout at the border we will soon see if no action is taken,” said Senator Tillis.

“Arizona border communities, law enforcement agencies, non-profits, and families are being left to manage a crisis they did not create. Our legislation gives the Administration time to actually implement a realistic, workable plan that will secure our border, protect Arizona communities on the frontlines of this crisis, and ensure migrants are treated fairly and humanely,” said Senator Sinema. 

Since the Title 42 authority was based on the existence of a public health emergency, this legislation gives the administration temporary expulsion authority that is not tied to public health.

Tillis and Sinema’s bipartisan bill provides protections to ensure migrants whose return would threaten their life, freedom, or expose them to torture, and allows case-by-case exemptions for as well as migrants with acute medical needs.  

Click HERE to view the Senators’ legislation.