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Situation at US-Mexico border remains “chaotic” after Title 42 ruling

(CNN) — The situation for migrants waiting at the US-Mexico border is chaotic following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Title 42, which allows federal officials to quickly evacuate migrants under a public health order.

In Matamoros, Mexico, across the border from the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas, an immigration attorney says between 1,500 and 2,000 migrants continue to occupy a temporary camp.

“The situation is chaotic,” said Glady Edith Canas. “Migrants are desperate.”

Cañas runs “Ayudandos a Triunfer,” a non-profit organization in Matamoros, and says the collective stress level of the migrants in the camp is high as they seek to enter the US legally, but with Title 42 in force. They can’t find a way to do it.

Immigrants warm by a campfire at dawn after spending a night along the US-Mexico border fence on December 22, 2022 in El Paso, Texas. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

Kansas said some immigrants began lining up at the port of entry on Tuesday, when Title 42 was expected to be lifted, not realizing that the Supreme Court had decided to uphold the policy.

He said some immigrants have lost patience and entered the United States illegally.

“Many people are crossing the river,” said Caines.

CNN has been in touch with migrants in several Mexican cities who say they will continue their journey to the US-Mexico border despite Tuesday’s decision.

A Venezuelan migrant, who did not want to be identified for fear it could affect his asylum case, said he would continue to travel to Matamoros and turn himself in to the Border Patrol because he believes his Have a case.

El Paso prepares for potential wave of migrants

Migrants queue near the border wall to request asylum in the US city of El Paso, Texas, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on December 12, 2022.

El Paso has become a flash point of a growing humanitarian crisis at the border, where 2,500 new migrants arrive from Mexico every day, according to the city’s mayor, Oscar Lesser. City officials have declared a state of emergency as the community is overwhelmed by the constant flow of asylum seekers.

While Title 42 remains in effect while legal challenges are pending in the courts, El Paso is developing a plan to handle a potential surge of immigrants, Deputy City Manager Mario D’Agostino said this Tuesday.

“Some people talk about 10,000 to 15,000 people waiting to cross to (Ciudad) Juarez. If all of that came in a relatively short period of time, space would be difficult. We know transportation would be difficult. ,” D’Agostino said.

D’Agostino expects the city’s migrant shelters to house about 600 people by Wednesday night. That’s up from 480 migrants who stayed overnight on Christmas Eve and 420 on Christmas Day, CNN previously reported.

He also said the increase was due to a recent winter storm that caused transportation delays across the country. He said that buses and planes carrying migrants have also been affected.

About 1,000 beds were set up at the El Paso Convention Center. There are also two vacant schools, hotels, churches and non-profit organizations housing immigrants, according to D’Agostino.

D’Agostino said his biggest concern at this time is the undocumented population who are stuck in El Paso with no means of getting out of the border city.

A migrant is led past the US-Mexico border fence to submit his asylum application on December 21, 2022 in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (Photo by John Moore / Getty Images)

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