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McCarthy says Biden admin ‘scrambling’ on Title 42 after it asks judge to rule on lawsuit within days

Dec. 3, 2021: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington.

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FIRST ON FOX: House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday said the Biden administration is “scrambling” ahead of its planned lifting next week of the Title 42 public health order, after the Biden administration asked a federal judge to rule by Friday on a lawsuit challenging the move.

“The Biden administration is scrambling five days before their own deadline to end Title 42 because President Biden’s open border policies have created, in the words of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, an ‘unsustainable’ crisis for our country,” McCarthy said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

FEDERAL JUDGE EXPECTED TO RULE ON TITLE 42 LAWSUIT WITHIN DAYS AS BORDER CRISIS ROLLS ON

The Biden administration is planning on lifting the order, which has been used to expel a majority of migrants at the southern border since March 2020, on Monday. But it is being challenged by a coalition of Republican states, who say the move is unlawful and are seeking a preliminary injunction.

Dec. 3, 2021: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington.
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McCarthy was reacting to a request by the Biden administration to a federal judge that asked him to make a decision on the lawsuit by Friday because it would “help to avoid uncertainty that could pose operational challenges.”

“Defendants respectfully request that, if possible, the Court endeavor to issue a decision by that date,” the legal team says in the notice.

FEDERAL JUDGE EXTENDS ORDER BLOCKING BIDEN ADMIN FROM ROLLING BACK TITLE 42 AHEAD OF HEARING

Judge Robert Summerhays, a Trump nominee, had earlier granted a temporary restraining order blocking the administration from transitioning away from Title 42 before that date.

McCarthy told Fox that the administration “doesn’t have to wait for a court ruling to reverse course and secure the border today by fulling enforcing our…

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