Thursday, May 26, 2022

El Paso, Texas Readies Emergency Declarations Over Immigration Surge; El Paso could soon face migrant surge, shelter boss warns ahead of potential Title 42 end

El Paso, Texas readies emergency declarations over immigration surge:
El Paso County in Texas plans to declare a state of emergency as it prepares for a surge of immigration with the Biden administration expected to lift the Title 42 health authority allowing summary deportation of migrants.
County Judge Ricardo Samaniego said Thursday morning that the declaration would be filed as soon as that day.
Samaniego’s announcement came hours after The Post first reported that the city of El Paso was weighing its own emergency declaration. The city council plans to vote on the declaration next week, with the measure going to the city’s mayor for final approval.
The declarations would make both city and county eligible for state and federal funding needed to open additional shelters, since existing facilities are already operating near capacity.
El Paso city is also working with Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) to secure additional federal resources and government agencies are looking at possible sites that could be used to provide temporary shelter for immigrants. --->READ MORE HERE
Go Nakamura for New York Post
El Paso could soon face migrant surge, shelter boss warns ahead of potential Title 42 end:
The sixth-largest city in Texas is on the precipice of being overwhelmed by migrants and asylum-seekers as the Biden administration prepares to lift the Title 42 health authority that has allowed the summary expulsions of millions of border-crossers, the head of a system of immigrant shelters told The Post on Wednesday.
Ruben Garcia, the director of Annunciation House and its network of 15 shelters in the area, said his facilities were already stretched to their limit by Sunday, when 118 immigrants were released by the federal government to a downtown bus depot due to lack of space.
If Title 42 goes away as scheduled May 23, Garcia warned, such releases will become a regular occurrence.
“It is the responsibility of the federal government to plan for the lifting of Title 42,” he said. “I have absolutely no doubt that if Title 42 is lifted, you’re going to see many individuals will be released to the streets.”
Republicans and Democrats alike have warned that a “surge” of illegal immigration would accompany the end of Title 42. However, the government’s own data suggests a surge is already happening. --->READ MORE HERE
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El Paso bracing for migrant influx as end of Title 42 nears

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