REPORT: Biden faces deepening Democratic rift over Title 42

President Biden is facing increasing backlash from Democrats, including some of his most ardent supporters, over his decision to reverse a Trump-era immigration policy.

The administration’s decision to rescind Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allows for the rapid deportation of migrants at the border and prevents them from seeking asylum due to the coronavirus pandemic, is causing a schism not only between Biden and vulnerable Democratic incumbents but also among influential senators.

Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who served as chairman of both the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Democrats’ campaign arm, said he had privately raised concerns with administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, in a Capitol interview on Monday.

Peters stated that he intended to give the administration time to define a strategy to counteract the lifting of the Trump ban, but that he was open to reconsidering the decision if one was not forthcoming.

The decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to repeal Title 42 takes effect on May 23.

“Unless we have a well-thought-out plan, I think it should be revisited and possibly delayed. I’m going to defer judgment until the administration has fully articulated its strategy. However, I share… some of my colleagues’ concerns,” Peters told a small gathering of reporters.

Peters’ remarks come at a time when numerous Democratic Senate incumbents have been among the most outspoken opponents of the administration’s move to abolish Title 42.

In the run-up to the November midterm elections, Republicans were already intending to make immigration a focal point of their campaign, and they see repealing Trump’s policies as ideal fodder to use against Democratic candidates.

As chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Peters is in charge of devising the party’s strategy for retaining and maybe expanding its 50-50 majority.