Ciudad Juárez, Mexico ( Associated Press) – A familiar combination of despair, grit and determination has spread among migrants on Mexico’s northern border, who are hoping to enter the United States while grappling with the reality that the asylum epidemic But immigration-era limits will remain in effect. there is time.
Cautious optimism for an immediate opening follows a judge’s order in November that mandated that a public health regulation known as Title 42 expire on December 21. But the federal Supreme Court dashed those hopes on Tuesday, voting 5 in favor and 4 against to hear arguments on the policy in February and put it in place until a decision is made.
Cristian Alexis Albert, 26, said returning to Honduras with his wife and 5-year-old daughter was not an option after two kidnappings, starvation and sleeping on the streets during a four-month journey to Ciudad Juarez on the border with El. Paso, Texas.
Albert, who wants to join his family in the United States and has already been removed to Mexico under Title 42, said the Supreme Court’s decision was somewhat painful, but he was ready to wait for another chance. Was firm
Tuesday’s decision is likely to put Title 42 on hold for at least several months, but it isn’t the final word. The court will then review whether the 19 states challenging the policy have standing to intervene in the lawsuit.
Both the federal government and immigration advocates have argued that states waited too long and, even if they did, are not in a strong enough position to intervene.
Under Title 42, immigrants have been denied the right to seek asylum in the United States 2.5 million times since March 2020 on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Angeles Colmenares, 23, said she was a little surprised by the court’s decision and had hoped to be in the United States for the winter holidays, but added that she was determined to wait. He left his studies in public finance because he no longer saw a future in Venezuela. Nearly 7 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2014.