Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt isn’t giving up when it comes to securing America’s southern border. He details to Glenn recent arguments made before the U.S. Supreme Court about why a Trump-era policy — ‘Remain in Mexico’ — could be the key to avoid ‘DISASTER’ at the border…a disaster that's already brewing thanks to the Biden administration’s decision to end Title 42. And this is an issue that affects EVERY American, Schmitt explains. Because when it comes to the crime, lawlessness, and drugs associated with our current border crisis, ‘Every state becomes a border state.’
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GLENN: Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program. So glad that you have tuned in today. We have Eric Schmidt. He is the Missouri attorney general. He's also a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
And he was -- he was one of the guys, along with Texas, that is asking the Supreme Court for a reinstatement of the remain in Mexico policy. Because this -- the Biden policy is killing us.
Killing us. Welcome to the program, Eric. How are you, sir?
ERIC: Great to be back with you, Glenn. I'm doing great.
GLENN: Good. How is your campaign going for Senate, by the way?
ERIC: It's good. I think people are responding. They want a fighter right now, to shake up Washington. You know, coming from Missouri. That's certainly been my record as attorney general. We need reinforcements to save America. I know you talk about it every day. And that's my mission. So things are going well.
GLENN: So as the attorney general of Missouri, you are filing this motion with the Supreme Court. They accepted it. You argued in front of them yesterday. Explain what you're arguing for. Is this the same thing as the title -- what is it? I want to say Title IX. Or 42? Is it the same thing?
ERIC: It's not. So I'll take a step back here. So last year, Missouri and Texas challenged Biden trying to cancel. We came into office on day one, he reflexively tried to undo all of President Trump's successes, including the border security we had. And so there were a couple of pieces in place. Including, by the way, finishing this border wall. We have a lawsuit on that as well. But on remaining in Mexico, President Trump came in and said, look, we're not going to do this catch and release business, because people never show up for their court date, right? So Mexico will be the waiting room while you wait for your asylum hearing. Okay?
Very effective. And, by the way, it sent a signal to the cartels, that their business model will be disrupted. Because right now, all they really need to do is get people across the border. So remain in Mexico is a big part of that.
So we filed last year. We actually got a restraining order, and we got an injunction.
All the way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court said, the injunction will remain. Now, we've been fighting with the Biden administration, every month. To try to get them to re-implement. Reinstate it. It's been a challenge.
But the Supreme Court heard it again, the argument on the merits. Now, previously they said, we were likely to prevail on the merits. So we were hopeful. But we'll see. So that's a battle on the remain in Mexico.
GLENN: Okay. So hang on a second. Because all the reporting that is coming out, is saying that it looks like, they will not uphold the remain in Mexico.
ERIC: Well, we'll find out. It's hard to -- you know, basing on the justice's question, it's kind of a tricky game. So we don't know, right? That's what kind of hangs in the balance. So far, we've been successful, in kind of pushing them to not completely abandon it. Right?
So we were able to win before. But yesterday was a new ball game. Title 42 is different. Title 42 accounts for about 50 percent of all the expulsions. Okay. President Trump created this and said, look. We don't know where these people are coming from.
They -- they might have. And probably do have communicable diseases. Therefore, you can turn them back, based on that public health rationale. That's title two, okay?
That remained in place, and still continued, even though it's a porous border. About 50 percent of expulsions. If that goes away, Glenn. The estimates are, of 18,000 people a day, coming illegally, that we know of.
It would be a -- right now, we've seen waves and waves of illegal immigration. It would be an absolute tsunami, if that happens. Because we're entering a busy season anyway. There's no good time to do it. This is certainly a terrible time to do it. Biden knows it. Wants to do it anyway. And we would see, you know, Lieutenant Governor Patrick of Texas.
I'll give him credit for citing the statistic. If you extrapolate, you get to remain in Mexico. You get rid of Title 42. You don't have the border wall. You extrapolate that over his 40 years. That could be 40 million people coming over here illegally. That's the state of Texas.
That's five Missouris, okay? They're fundamentally trying to change this country, through their illegal immigration policy.
So earlier this week, Glenn, we obtained a temporary restraining order, preventing them from ending Title 42. But we'll be back in court on May 13th. So this is the fight goes on.
But the remain in Mexico and Title 42 are two big pieces of the Trump-era policies, that we were working, that Biden wants to dismantle.
GLENN: How is this affecting -- I know how it's affecting Texas. It is -- I mean, it is overwhelming Texas.
Especially any of these border towns. They're just -- you know, people are just being dumped off. And there are soon, there will be in many of these towns, more illegals, than there are citizens.
And, you know, what do you do about it? So how -- how is this -- how is this affecting Missouri and the rest of the country?
ERIC: Every state is a border state, Glenn. Because I've been to every state twice.
The problems with the criminal activity. The fentanyl, the drugs, the human trafficking. It doesn't just stop in El Paso. It doesn't just stop in McAllen.
It ends up in Columbia, Missouri. In Joplin, Missouri. In Columbus, Ohio. In Denver, Colorado.
Every state is a border state, when you have this crisis that we see at the border. And so we've taken on human trafficking. We see fentanyl now, killing people in every community, across this country. Overdose deaths now account for -- it's the highest cause of death now for 18 to 45-year-olds. And it is flooding across the border. A law enforcement agent told me, last time I was down there, Glenn. That the economic value for the human smuggling alone is $100 million a week.
GLENN: Oh, my gosh.
ERIC: They're running the show. And this administration is willingly doing it. And my contention is, that this is on purpose. They know a reckoning is coming in November. They want to pack the court. They want to add states to the union. They want to federalize our elections. They want to fundamentally change this country forever, and what they're doing at the border now is all part and parcel of that. And so we've got to do everything we can, to stop it. But it's very obvious what they're doing. Elizabeth Warren just this past weekend, said, well, now that they're over here. We ought to grant amnesty. So they're saying the quiet part out loud, so it's just a mess, a disaster.
GLENN: All right. So the Supreme Court. Are they going to come out with this decision, earlier in the summer, do you think?
ERIC: No. It will come down with the rest of their decisions here in a couple of months, is -- is likely when this will come down.
GLENN: Well, if Title 42 goes down, I mean, that's almost too late then, isn't it?
ERIC: Title 42 -- Title 42 is a big one. And, again -- here's the level of lawlessness, Glenn. I don't think people appreciate sometimes.
They were talking about ending Title 42 in mid-May. There were reports then, that he was just instructing. They were -- they were instructing border patrol agents, just to stop enforcing Title 42 altogether, even in mid-May.
Which is why we went in this week and said, hey, we need a temporary restraining order from doing that, before our hearing in mid-May. So again, they're playing for keeps. They have their peddle to the metal.
But it will be up to states like Missouri and Texas to push back. We're doing it, and we're going to do everything we can, to save this republic.
STU: Thank you very much, Eric. I appreciate it. Eric Schmidt. He is the Missouri attorney general that joined with the Attorney General of Texas, to try to get our borders under control. Also, running for U.S. Senate, you can find him at SchmidtforSenate.com.
Thank you so much, Eric. I appreciate it.
ERIC: Take care, Glenn.
GLENN: You bet.