Tens of thousands of migrants are heading towards the U.S. southern border as rumors swirl among migrant communiities that the border will soon be “open” with the potential ending of Title 42 in the near future.
As a result of the helplessness America’s border citizens feel, the Texas National Guard stationed in El Paso has installed over two miles of border fencing. There are plans to continue the build and build more, as migrants gather at the border waiting for a decision on Title 42.
Title 42 was set in place in 2020 by the Trump administration as the COVID-19 pandemic was rampant in order to allow border agents to quickly expel migrants at the border without hearing their asylum cases in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
Title 42 was set to expire under the Biden administration on December 21. However, on December 19, the Supreme Court led by Justice John Roberts put a temporary hold on the termination of Title 42 after 19 Republican-led states submitted an emergency request.
The policy will remain in effect while the legal challenges to the policy continue. ADN America reports, “In December, El Paso declared a state of emergency after it received thousands of migrants seeking asylum, overwhelming local shelters and leaving thousands sleeping on the streets in freezing temperatures.”
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser says declaring an emergency will free up resources to help accommodate and shelter the migrants. “We wanted to make sure people are treated with dignity. We want to make sure everyone is safe,” Leeser told reporters.
Additionally, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent “400 National Guard troops to the city to assist in dealing with the crossing of undocumented migrants.”
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Additionally, the agency apprehended 62 people they were able to identify as having outstanding arrest warrants. Among the criminals were sex offenders.
The devastating numbers are not surprising, given that in December, the El Paso mayor declared a sate of emergency “after record numbers of people were released onto city streets and sidewalks by the Biden administration” reports The Center Square.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also “sent 400 National Guard troops to restore order and provide humanitarian assistance” adds the media outlet. Border Patrol data showed in December, 55,766 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the El Paso Sector.
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