Saturday, February 4, 2023

This is how the crisis is being experienced at the United States border

(CNN) — As Trump-era immigration policy hangs in the balance, so do the lives of thousands of migrants waiting on the other side of the US border, many sleeping outside in overcrowded camps or shelters, hoping to apply for asylum .

In Matamoros, Mexico, near the US border opposite Brownsville in the southern tip of Texas, migrants, mostly Venezuelans and Haitians, live in a large encampment with tarpaulin-covered tents and strips of cloth strung between them. Some families have been waiting there for weeks.

Many people, including sick mothers and children, are living on the streets, in abandoned houses and waiting on footpaths. “They are desperate,” said Glady Edith Cañas, director of the nonprofit organization Ayudandos a Triunfer.

Others venture across the Rio Grande, which separates Matamoros from the US.

On Monday, some used inflatable rafts to pull a rope attached to the American side and cross to bring the raft back.

Enacted at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Title 42 is a public health border policy that allowed US officials to turn out migrants at the southern border.

Migrants in Honduras insist on continuing on their way to America. 2:17

Days before the policy was to expire on Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily put an end to it, while maintaining Trump-era public health restrictions in place.

Now a shadow of uncertainty hangs over those waiting at the border.

Meanwhile, on the westernmost edge of Texas, about 800 miles (1,300 km) northwest of Matamoros, National Guard and state police troops are on the banks of the Rio Grande River in El Paso, and armed members of the Mexican military are stationed in parts of Texas. Let’s line up. On the other hand, in Ciudad Juárez.

There, after crossing the river, sifting through the discarded belongings of those who came before them, migrants have in recent days lined up for hours near the wall to transform themselves into US Border Patrol agents.

When the sun went down, some lit fires to stay warm, wrapped themselves in blankets, and stood in line.

During this Tuesday night, members of the National Guard and state police put up barbed wire to block a common crossing used by thousands of migrants in recent weeks. People waiting to cross were told to move to a nearby bridge for asylum processing.

The video showed four people being detained after trying to crawl under the barbed wire.

Migrants Continue To Attempt To Cross The Border Into The United States.

Migrants continue to attempt to cross the border into the United States.

Elsewhere on the US side, shelters are full and yet not everyone is safe there. A crowd of immigrants sleep on the ground in front of a bus station this Sunday in El Paso, Texas.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leiser declared a state of emergency Saturday because of a recent increase in the number of immigrants arriving in the community and living in unsafe conditions.

The mayor said Monday that he had heard that more than 20,000 people were waiting on the Mexican side of the border for Title 42 to be repealed.

Drone footage showed a large crowd of immigrants near the border in El Paso on Tuesday, with families and young children waiting near barbed wire and Texas National Guard soldiers.

Across the Rio Grande, in Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez, arrivals have also increased in recent weeks, according to Mayor Perez Cuellar. “This is a city of migrants,” he told CNN.

Thousands of people are waiting for Title 42 to be lifted in Reynosa, a Mexican city across the border from the Rio Grande Valley, according to Pastor Hector Silva, including about 4,000 living in two shelters and another 4,000 in other camps and surrounding areas. Huh.

He saw that his mother had fallen off the cliff. He is one of thousands of people looking for a home in America.

Migrants coming to the border often have to make difficult journeys to get there.

One of them, who gave his name as Brian, told CNN en Español that he and his mother left Venezuela three months ago full of dreams of life in the United States. He single-handedly made it to South Texas.

The mother and son were traveling through the infamous Darién Gap, a dangerous 37-mile (60-kilometer) stretch of wilderness through which migrants cross from Colombia to Panama. Brian said he was helping his mother when she grabbed a branch and then fell off a cliff into the river.

Now, on his way to New York, Brian said he would never forget the look in his mother’s eyes when she collapsed.

Migrants Sleep On The Streets In Border Towns.

Migrants sleep on the streets in border towns.

US border officials are preparing for an influx of immigrants

A federal source told CNN that border officials in the Rio Grande Valley were encountering between 900 and 1,200 immigrants a day for the past two weeks, in anticipation of Title 42’s expiration date.

And a senior Border Patrol official said last week that more than 2,400 immigrants entered the US every day near El Paso over the weekend, describing the number as a “huge increase in illegal crossings” in the area.

Officials predicted that lifting Title 42 would increase the number of immigrants trying to cross into the US, and would force border cities to do the same.

The Department of Homeland Security estimates that between 9,000 and 14,000 migrants could attempt to cross the southern US border daily when Title 42 expires, more than double the current number of people crossing, CNN reported. .

Meanwhile, housing the incoming immigrants has been a challenge.

“I truly believe that our asylum seekers are not safe today because we have hundreds and hundreds of people on the streets and we don’t want to treat people like that,” the El Paso mayor said Saturday.

In addition to three emergency shelter hotels, two empty schools in El Paso will be used as temporary shelter facilities for immigrants, city officials announced Tuesday.

The city is also sending teams to various areas where immigrants are concentrated to provide transportation and temporary shelter services.

City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said, “All eyes are on El Paso, and because of that, we must show the world the compassion our community is known for and reflect the resilience and strength of our region.”

Title 42 is frozen, but plans are still underway

The Department of Homeland Security released a plan last week for the scheduled end of Title 42. This included increasing resources for the border, including the hiring of nearly 1,000 Border Patrol data processing coordinators, and increasing resources for transportation, such as flights and buses.

Despite a suspension that prevents the policy from being phased out, US officials are continuing with the plan.

Emir Eduardo Sanchez Mendez, center, and Jean Martinez, left, cross the Rio Grande to sell water and food to migrants lining up near the border wall. Venezuelans hope to apply for asylum when Title 42 expires.

“We carry on as if nothing has changed,” a senior US Customs and Border Protection official told CNN. range.

What will happen this Wednesday if the termination is still stalled is what one official said could be a “mini-raze”.

“I think there are some who probably haven’t got the message and won’t until they try to cross it,” the official said. “There are some already committed that will cross over.”

CNN’s Rosa Flores, David Culver, Catherine E Shoichet, Priscilla Alvarez and Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.

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