An expected illegal alien surge threatening a Texas tsunami has one Southern border city preparing for a state of emergency.
El Paso, Texas, officials fear the worse when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifts its Title 42 policy recommendation. The policy was created during the Trump administration to bounce back to Mexico almost all asylum seekers. Former President Donald Trump explained the policy was a way to limit the spread of COVID-19 by blocking aliens from countries with large numbers of unvaccinated citizens fleeing to the U.S.
President Joe Biden was sued by almost two dozen states, including Texas, after announcing plans to remove Title 42 guidance. A federal judge in Louisiana granted a motion that forbids President Biden from dropping Title 42 before he rules on the matter. His decision is expected before May 23 when Biden’s order was scheduled to become effective. The plaintiff states are hoping for a nationwide injunction barring the president from lifting Title 42 while the coronavirus is still sickening scores of Americans.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials reportedly expect immigration authorities to encounter as many as 18,000 illegal immigrants a day once Title 42 removals stop, according to a report in The Texas Tribune. The report noted the current average is approximately 6,000 encounters per day.
Numbers like that are generating considerable anxiety in communities along the U.S. Southern border because resources are already stretched thin.
Sunday saw both the Border Patrol processing center and nonprofit shelters run out of space to house them, which reportedly led to approximately 100 illegal aliens being released onto the streets of El Paso. The Sabbath release was the first by a Department Homeland Security agency since early 2019 when thousands of asylum seekers were arriving to the El Paso area and border authorities began releasing people downtown, according to an El Paso Times report.
The report noted the triple digits of single males from Haiti, Ecuador and Turkey were released to the streets around 5:30 a.m., which is before dawn break. If DHS is turning back more than 60 percent of border jumpers, using Title 42 to send them back to Mexico, Texas authorities expect to be completely overwhelmed by illegal aliens after Title 42 authority ends.
The city of El Paso announced in a Wednesday press release that city officials are asking the mayor to sign an emergency declaration in order to collect money and resources from state and federal governments, according to a Fox News report. The city council is expected to vote on it next week.
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