The Democratic-run border city of El Paso, Texas, will declare a state of emergency on Monday in anticipation of the end of a major Trump-era immigration deportation order known as Title 42, the mayor said at a news conference on Sunday.
Democratic El Paso Mayor Oscar Reeser said the city of El Paso needs to have resources for shelter, housing and staffing to handle the expected surge in immigration. Title 42 was implemented during the pandemic as a public health order allowing the deportation of certain illegal immigrants and is expected to expire on May 11. The end of this policy is expected to result in a significant increase in illegal immigration at the southern border. (Related: Massive migrant caravans form in Mexico to protest immigration policy)
“We are now preparing for what is called the unknown,” said Reeser. “And what is unknown is what will happen after May 11th.”
The state of emergency will last seven days and will be submitted to the El Paso City Council for a 30-day extension. The city has already received $22.5 million from him to address the immigration crisis, of which $15 million has yet to be spent, Leeser said, adding that there is a request for additional funding. .
“With asylum seekers circling the streets of downtown El Paso and other parts of our community, we are starting to gain momentum and need to continue to protect not only asylum seekers but our communities as well. There is,” said Leaser.
Across El Paso is Juarez, Mexico, where a large encampment of immigrants awaiting the end of May 11 has formed, Leeser said, citing a recent visit to Juarez. rice field. The city expects 10,000 to 12,000 people waiting to cross the border south of the border after May 11.
The impending surge prompted the city of Laredo, Texas to declare a disaster on Sunday. KGNS report.
The Biden administration is also gearing up for a looming policy sunset. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas and Secretary of State Antony Brinken on Thursday announced new impacts on illegal travel, expanding legal immigration routes and establishing immigration processing centers in Latin America. , jointly announced plans to address the expected surge in immigration.
“We have been preparing for the transition for over a year and a half. Despite these preparations, smugglers are trying to take advantage of this change and are already keen to spread false information that the borders will be open after that. We anticipate an increase in encounters at the southern border as we work on
Leeser agrees with Mayorkas, saying immigrants have already arrived in El Paso and believes the “false” story.
As of Sunday, more than 4,000 migrants were detained by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), according to the City of El Paso’s Immigration Crisis Dashboard.
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