Houston (USA), 15 December. An average of 2,500 migrants are detained daily in the El Paso area, more than half of whom are released into shelters and churches in this Texas border city, local officials said Thursday, giving them only temporary relief. . and asked for help.
The mayor of El Paso, Democrat Oscar Leiser, who declined to declare an emergency, noting that it would be a delayed process, detailed the challenges facing that border region with Mexico at a press conference this Thursday. Gave.
“The funding and shelter we provide to migrants is a temporary measure to a larger crisis and that is why we need to continue working with the federal government to deliver a permanent solution to a problem that is bigger than El Paso,” he said. Asserting. ,
Since last weekend, thousands of migrants have crossed the Rio Grande to appear before US officials and request asylum, the date on which the federal government must use Title 42 to end expedited removals at border approaches.
In this regard, El Paso’s deputy municipal director Mario D’Agostino indicated fears of a lack of resources to serve the greater numbers in case the controversial measure expires, which is set to be repealed next Wednesday, December 21. needed. Judge, who deemed it illegal.
“We will double the number of migrants and we are already seeing many people moving from Mexican territory to Ciudad Juarez via caravans,” D’Agostino said.
To reduce the increase in accommodation provided by NGOs in the area, D’Agostino insisted that, despite having a hotel plan for migrants, they should look at processing them in another city Where there is a better infrastructure such as Dallas (Texas) or Denver, Colorado.
In regards to the approval of $6 million in federal funding approved by the Food and Shelter Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), D’Agostino pointed out that they still do not have that money as it is in process.
“We were also notified a few days ago about another $3.5 million that is still waiting to be processed into city accounts for use in our operations,” he added.
El Paso officials said the financial budget allocated for immigration-related operations so far this year has been $9.52 million.
Also that in recent days they have deployed a team on the streets that is in charge of assisting migrants who do not have a place to spend the night or taking them to bus stations or airports so that they can go to other cities.
Title 42 is a measure ordered under the administration of Donald Trump (2017-2021), which has allowed the expedited removal of more than 2.7 million immigrants under the pretext of a pandemic.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who visited El Paso on Tuesday, warned that immigrants would continue to be deported under Title 8, the immigration policy originally in place for several years.