US Sets For Influx Of Asylum Seekers At Mexico Border
US President Joe Biden’s administration is preparing for the end of a controversial public health order that has allowed authorities to turn away most asylum seekers at the United States border with Mexico.
Biden held a call with his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday – just two days before the title 42 policy is set to expire – and the leaders pledged to bolster cooperation on the border.
First imposed by former US president Donald Trump at the start of the covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, title 42 effectively allowed US border authorities to rapidly turn away most asylum seekers arriving at the border.
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The White House announced last week that it was sending an additional 1,500 US troops to the border in anticipation of the end of title 42.
US states and municipalities along the border with Mexico are also preparing.
The Department of Homeland Security also said it would reduce the flow of legal travelers across the Paso del norte port of entry to focus on security.
The Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said on Monday that he planned to deploy the state’s new “Texas Tactical Border Force”, under the auspices of the Texas national guard.
And on Tuesday, US Customs and Border Protection agents launched a “targeted enforcement operation” in the Texas city of El Paso, a key point along the border that has seen an increase in irregular crossings in recent days.