US Border City Grapples With Influx Of Migrants Crossing Mexico Border
The US Texas border city of El Paso is grappling with a mounting humanitarian crisis as a Trump-era policy hangs in the balance, leaving many migrants unsheltered in the cold night. Title 42 gives the government the power to automatically expel undocumented migrants, blocking thousands of people from crossing the US-Mexico frontier.
The policy was due to expire on 21 December, but has won a temporary reprieve from the supreme court.
The court’s intervention, however, has meant little on the streets of El Paso, where shelters and humanitarian services have already been overburdened and weary migrants left sleeping rough in bitterly cold nights.
In central El Paso early on Tuesday afternoon, dozens of migrants were at the city’s main Greyhound bus terminal, including women and young children sleeping on the pavement.
On Sunday, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, a Democrat, declared a seven-day state of emergency, which he said would give local authorities the resources to deal with an influx of migrants sleeping on the city’s streets.
Federal officials have repeatedly said that the government – particularly the Department of Homeland Security is making preparations for the potential lifting of Title 42.