This Sunday, National Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas said there has been a 50% drop in undocumented immigrants’ crossings at the United States border with Mexico since the repeal of Title 42.
In an interview with ABC, the head of immigration policy said, “We have been preparing for this change for months and months and we have consistently executed our plan.”
Following the end of the health emergency last Thursday night, the United States stopped enforcing Title 42, which allowed undocumented immigrants to be deported without the possibility of requesting asylum under the pretext of a pandemic, but at the border Others instituted sanctions and began deporting. Through another regulation known as Title 8.
At the start of the week, officers arrested around 11,000 migrants a day, but that number fell to 6,200 on Friday and 4,400 on Saturday after the new immigration measures came into force.
“The United States Border Patrol has seen an almost 50% drop in the number of people apprehended at our southern border compared to the number earlier in the week before Title 42 expired,” Mayorkas said.
The official reminded that from now on all those people who cross the border without an immigration permit or without requesting asylum in the countries through which they passed will be deported quickly and if they re-offend If so, they will be prohibited from entering the United States. five years.
“In fact, we have already evacuated thousands of people coming to our southern border. We are enforcing our immigration laws under Title 8,” he said.
Despite the new restrictions, Mayorkas denied that President Joe Biden’s immigration policy resembles that of his predecessor, Donald Trump (2017–2021), as he said the current administration has “greatest expansion” of legal routes. Has been applied. History of migration to the United States.
The secretary said the government has a “humanitarian obligation” to respond to asylum requests, but also a “responsibility” to combat networks of people smugglers who extort money from migrants to smuggle them across the border.
Mayorkas also said the government would appeal a ruling by a Florida judge who on Thursday struck down the policy that allowed some migrants to be released from overcrowded detention centers even if they had There has not yet been a date to appear in immigration court.
“We are bound to abide by the verdict. We respect him but we do not agree with the judge. We believe this is a very harmful norm”, said the secretary, who confirmed that all administrations have released migrants when centers were saturated.