Senator Chuck Grassley recently shredded the White House’s “completely hypocritical” policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in reference to lifting Title 42 pandemic restrictions for migrant while maintaining mask mandate and other pandemic restrictions for Americans.
On Twitter, the Republican Senator from Iowa declared that the White House has illogically opted to “[extend] airplane mask mandate due to concerns about COVID.”
“But it’s terminating Title 42 at the S border bc threat of COVID supposedly doesn’t justify it anymore,” the senator continued in disbelief.
Grassley’s remarks emerge as numerous other advanced economies, such as the United Kingdom, have eliminated COVID test entry requirement for their own citizens, among other measures in a move back towards normality.
“Completely hypocritical If Americans are still bound by COVID policies,” Grassley raged, “shouldn’t our border be too???”
Grassley’s tweet emerges after the White House declared that it would continue to extend mask mandates for public transportation and planes for at least 15 more days, allegedly due to an increase in reported cases of the coronavirus.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that it would be extending the order regarding mask mandates until at least May 3.
The mask mandates were set to expire on April 18, with April 18 representing an additional one-month extension beyond the original expiration date of March 18, suggesting that the White House is likely to continue extending mandates indefinitely, regardless of what the science says.
This suggestion is amplified by the fact that the White House has issued a formal ending date for Title 42 restrictions, though it does not provide any definitive guidelines for Americans.
The continued imposition of pandemic restrictions upon Americans has rankled even more deeply considering the fact that the White House intends to eliminate all Title 42 pandemic restrictions by May 23.
Title 42, a creation of the Trump administration, had been heavily utilized to turn away numerous migrants seeking economic opportunities in the United States. In the absence of Title 42 restrictions, it is unclear how the White House will respond to the widely anticipated influx of migrants, if at all.
Varied Republicans in Congress have warned that a massive rush is set to hit the border due to the White House’s ineffectual plans. In response, ten Republican senators have subsequently introduced a bill that will promote the extension of Title 42 through at least February 2025, providing a bit of breathing space for beleaguered border patrol.