Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly warned that the United States is facing a potential "humanitarian crisis" after visiting the southern border this week.
Kelly, a Democrat facing a tough reelection battle this fall, is one of five Democratic senators who oppose the Biden administration's decision to halt Title 42, the pandemic-era order that allowed authorities to expel migrants without first hearing asylum claims in the name of public health. Speaking to Fox News in an interview Friday, the Arizona Democrat reiterated his concerns that the White House was lifting Title 42 without a plan to handle an expected surge in illegal border crossings.
"I spent 15 years flying the Space Shuttle as a pilot of the Space Shuttle, commander of the Space Shuttle," Kelly told the outlet. "We spent a lot of time preparing and training and making sure we have the right things in place for stuff that's expected, and we spend an equal amount on stuff that's unexpected, the contingency plans. In this case, the administration hasn't even prepared, and they don't have a plan for what to expect. Forget about the unexpected part, I'm just asking for the first part of this. We know what the situation on the ground is going to be. Let’s come up with a detailed plan and put it in place — and I just haven’t seen that."