El Paso declares emergency, mayor says 12K migrants could cross May 11
The Mayor of El Paso, Texas has declared a state of emergency to help the city prepare for the end of Title 42 on May 11th. The pandemic era immigration order allowed border officials to deport immigrants almost immediately on public health grounds, but it’s ending. As a result, illegal border crossings are expected to surge over the next couple of weeks.
Mayor Leeser: “We will help and we will make sure that all our asylum seekers are treated with dignity and respect, but it’s going to be very important for us that we don’t have people sleeping on the streets, camping on the streets.”
Leeser said he went into Juarez, Mexico to get a handle on what the city can expect and estimates are 10 to 12 thousand people waiting to cross on May 11 or 12, and even more right behind them.
Leeser said immigrants told him they’re waiting in Mexico because they believe they’ll have a better chance of getting into America after title 42 ends. He said misinformation has spread amongst immigrants.
Mayor Leeser: “They’ve come in with a false pretense that there will be open borders starting on May 11 and anyone who’s already in the United States will not be required to have proper documentation.”
City officials say the state of emergency is particularly important for migrant processing and transportation. They want to get immigrants to transportation hubs as quickly as possible so they can get them out of the city and onto their final destination. They’re trying to avoid large groups sleeping on the streets as they have in the past.
The State of Emergency comes as the Biden Administration prepares for the end of title 42 at the federal level. The administration will implement a new fast track asylum process for single adults. The immigrants will be interviewed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services, those who don’t qualify will be deported in days or weeks. Straight from DC, im Ray Bogan.