The future of immigrants waiting in El Paso, Texas after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border comes after Wednesday’s ruling allowing federal officials to continue deporting immigrants before they undergo an asylum hearing. , still remains opaque.
“We wanted something different,” Venezuelan immigrant Rosanni Rodriguez said of the court’s ruling.
Rodriguez gathered with her two children on a chilly El Paso sidewalk on Tuesday in a jacket provided by her local church. She and her children tried to enter the United States once, but were sent back to Mexico, where they were robbed and picked up by immigration officials while sleeping on the ground in a city square, she said.
Rodriguez said the tens of thousands that flooded the southern border despite the uncertain future of Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allows U.S. officials to quickly bring most immigrants back across the border. I am one of many immigrants.
The controversial order was set to end on Dec. 21, but after the Supreme Court issued the order on Wednesday, it kept the policy in effect while legal challenges were filed. remains legally ambiguous.
“They don’t give us the opportunity to legally cross,” Rodriguez said. “That’s what we wanted. We want to be able to legally cross it, but we can’t.”
Several Republican-led states have asked the Supreme Court to intervene to block lower courts’ decision to end policy. In addition to suspending the order’s termination, the court said it would take up the state’s appeal in its next term, which begins in February.
Title 42 was introduced by the Centers for Disease Control early in the coronavirus pandemic. Officials at the time claimed the public health order was intended to curb the spread of Covid-19, but immigration advocates say the policy was used to effectively stop immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. It is claimed that
Photo: El Paso’s surge in border crossings
Dylan Corbett, executive director of the Hope Border Institute, which helps run some of El Paso’s shelters, said Tuesday that the Supreme Court’s ruling “increases bottlenecks at the border and makes border enforcement unsustainable.” It will create more pressure and lead to more deaths,” he warned.
Officials expect the lifting of Title 42 to trigger an influx of migrants to the U.S.-Mexico border. However, despite the policies still in place, many migrants are deterred and some choose to cross the border illegally, either in crowded shelters, makeshift encampments or on the Mexican border. Some people wait in the streets of town.
At least 22,000 migrants are staying in the Mexican border cities of Tijuana, Reynosa and Matamoros, city officials and supporters told CNN on Monday.
Rev. Timothy Perea, a lifelong El Paso resident who volunteers to help arriving migrants, said he expects more people to try to cross the border. It’s coming,” he said. “It’s a wave of people wanting a better life.”
El Paso has recently been at the center of a growing humanitarian crisis at the border, where as many as 2,500 migrants arrive daily from Mexico, according to El Paso Mayor Oscar Reeser. City officials have declared a state of emergency as the community is overwhelmed by the constant stream of asylum seekers.
Title 42 is still in force as legal challenges are being filed in court, but El Paso says it has plans in place to address potential immigration surge should Title 42 end. Deputy Mayor Mario D’Agostino said Tuesday.
“Some say there are between 10,000 and 15,000 people waiting to cross the river in[Ciudad]Juárez. I know it’s difficult,” D’Agostino said.
D’Agostino said two vacant schools in the city are ready to accommodate immigrants. One he will be able to use within two days and another one he will not change for weeks, he added.
Shelters have also been set up in hotels, and some church parishes have volunteered to accommodate migrants, he said. El Paso’s convention center has about 1,000 beds, and on Christmas Eve he accommodated more than 480 immigrants overnight, and on Christmas Day he accommodated more than 420 immigrants, said Laura, a city spokesperson. Cruz confirmed her Acosta to CNN.
However, Cruz-Acosta said the city cannot accept immigrants who do not have documentation from Customs and Border Protection, and states and federal governments that require immigrants to present their documentation at government-run facilities. He cited government policy.
If illegal immigrants show up at a government-run shelter, they are connected to customs and border control and either turn themselves in or are referred to an NGO-run shelter, she said.
Two local NGOs that host illegal immigrants in shelters told CNN last week that facilities were overcrowded and many sought shelter despite temperatures dropping dangerously low over the weekend. He said he was closing the door on people.
Leeser told CNN’s Pamela Paul on Tuesday that the situation at the border was “beyond Title 42.”
“We cannot continue like this with a broken immigration system that must be fixed,” the mayor said. “It’s bigger than America. We have to work with the United Nations and neighboring countries to solve this problem.”
El Paso has already been granted more than $10 million in federal funding to help with efforts to handle the flood of immigrants.