United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi railed against the U.S. for sticking to its Title 42 standard and asked that the country instead open its borders to asylum seekers. Title 42 is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directive that was enforced in March 2020, to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
“I appeal to the government of the United States to swiftly lift the public health-related asylum restrictions that remain in effect at the border and to restore access to asylum for the people whose lives depend on it,” Grandi said in a statement Thursday. He claimed it would be “in line with international legal and human rights obligations.”
Hundreds of thousands of migrants requesting asylum at the southern border have been turned away because of the directive. As a result, crime increased in Mexican border towns.
“A system which allows a small number of asylum seekers to be admitted daily, however, carries with it a number of risks,” Grandi said. “and is not an adequate response. There is an urgent need to take further steps to provide access at ports of entry which remain closed to most asylum-seekers owing to the Title 42 public health order.” He even called the strategy “morally reprehensible” in a tweet.
Grandi seems to think that otherwise, illegal crossings will increase. “I encourage the US administration to continue its work to strengthen its asylum system and diversify safe pathways so asylum-seekers are not forced to resort to dangerous crossings facilitated by smugglers.”
Since the directive is by the CDC, it will be up to the CDC to halt the order. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has said time and time again that he cannot make any changes to the public health order.
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The first month of 2023 at the southern border is already looking bleak; just take a look at the numbers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso, Texas have seized over 500 pounds of hard drugs in January alone.
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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