A Texas judge has warned that the tide of migrants flooding over the US border and seeking asylum could double after Title 42 is revoked.
El Paso County District Judge Ricardo Samaniego, who has been in close contact with the Border Patrol and local agencies dealing with the immigration crisis, said the El Paso area, now the nation’s busiest border crossing, will see a major increase in less than a week. said he could see.
“My understanding is that after December 21, it will be between 4,200 and 4,500. [people] one day – it doubles the fear in us, – said Samaniego Border report.
Title 42 is a measure used during the COVID pandemic that allows the Border Patrol to stop immigrants from certain countries entering the U.S. for health reasons. It used to bar nearly 40 percent of all border crossers from entering the country, but was recently overturned by a federal judge.
The El Paso current represents what will happen along the entire southern border. In May, the head of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, even acknowledged that as many as 18,000 people a day could cross from Mexico to the U.S. once Title 42 expires, saying it would put his department under “extraordinary strain.”
The city of El Paso saw a large influx of migrants crossing the border in 2022 and spent $10 million on housing, feeding and transporting migrants to cities like New York before backing off, citing the rising costs. Local leaders last week still called the situation a “manageable crisis” and hoped to avoid “chaos.”
But the chaos came when more than 1,500 immigrants flooded the border over the weekend, forcing agents to process 2,400 people a day — the amount they had to prepare for after 42 titles were removed, which seriously strained the city. over 5,000 migrants are being held in detention and there is no room in shelters, 900 processed migrants will be thrown out onto the streets, according to publicly released city records.
Those sleeping on the streets in downtown El Paso braved the frigid temperatures. Four immigrants were beaten and robbed while waiting for a bus outside the city, the El Paso Police Department said in a news release.
To reduce the number of people, the Border Patrol is moving immigrants out of the city so they can be processed, the agency confirmed to The Post on Wednesday. Migrants are flown on Immigration and Customs Enforcement aircraft across the southern border to processing centers where their biometrics are taken and extensive background checks are conducted.
Meanwhile, Border Patrol agents assigned to other parts of the border were brought to El Paso and more than 1,000 non-agents were brought in to process immigrants to allow agents to continue patrolling the border, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman said. said The Post.
County Considers Shelter for Immigrants From Sleeping on the Streets Currently, neither the city nor the county is providing shelters to immigrants, and the city is paying for hotel rooms for those who test positive for COVID-19 to be quarantined.
The Rescue Mission of El Paso shelter said it has sheltered more than 260 people, even though it only has a capacity of 190 people. This is reported by KDBC-TV.
“We’ve never seen anything like this before,” rescue mission CEO Blake Barrow told a local station.
The space is so dense that the mission allows people to sleep in its lobby and library.
“Are we spinning in the ocean? “Yeah, but turn around and look at all the kids on the porch,” Burrow said. “We have to do everything we can to take care of them.”