Biden militarizes border and expects 10,000 immigrants daily

Biden militarizes border and expects 10,000 immigrants daily

The Title 42 is a rule that has served the United States to expel undocumented migrants by not allowing them to apply for asylum. It was applied for its theoretical benefit to the public health of the country. The measure began to be implemented in 2020 during the Donald Trump Administration, apropos of the Covid, but the current Joe Biden has maintained it.

It has been nearly three years of record detentions at the U.S.-Mexico border. Title 42 has allowed hundreds of thousands of migrants to be stopped for health reasons. The U.S. Administration has not allowed them to apply for asylum, and then has been fast-tracking them out of the country..

Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans.

But its application ends now: next May 11 the rule expires. The US and Mexico have issued a joint statement assuring that the US authorities will once again accept migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela under a humanitarian program (rather political in fact).

US President Joe Biden greets guests at the 'Easter Egg Roll', a tradition dating back to 1878, on the White House lawn, April 10, 2023 in Washington.

On the other side, the Mexicans will continue to accept returnees. to the country for humanitarian reasons. Throughout the time that Title 42 has been in effect, Mexico has been accepting migrants deported from the United States.

White House Homeland Security Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall told Mexican authorities that. “the humanitarian program will continue.” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told reporters.

Members of the migrant caravan of Central Americans, in Tijuana, Mexico, next to the US border fence.
Members of the migrant caravan of Central Americans, in Tijuana, Mexico, next to the US border fence.
Joebeth Terriquez / EFE

Although that humanitarian policy will continue after May 11, a U.S. official assured last week that the country intends to continue to expel migrants Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans.

More than 10,000 migrants expected per day.

In addition, the U.S. could accept about 100,000 people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. under a family reunification program announced last week. However, no timeline has been given for that number to become effective.

Migrants rescued from a truck in which they were crammed, on a highway in the Mexican state of Chiapas.

With the end of Title 42, authorities expect to see a sharp growth in migrant arrivals. In April, Troy Miller, the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), told Congress that his agency was preparing for more than 10,000 migrants crossing the border each day after the expiration of 42. That figure is more than double the daily average of last March.

<p>Groups of people try to cross into the U.S. at the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico.</p>
Groups of people try to cross into the U.S. through Tijuana.
David Guzman / EFE

The number of immigrants crossing illegally into the U.S. during fiscal year 2021 was the highest recorded since at least 1960. At 2022 that number exceeded 2.76 million people.which is also a record figure.

1,500 more troops on the border

Because of all this, the U.S. Administration is preparing for an increase in illegal crossings at its border with Mexico. Biden plans to send some 1,500 active duty troops for 90 days. at least. They will arrive on May 10.

A group of migrants wait to start the humanitarian visa application.

According to Homeland Security officials citing Los Angeles Timesservice members shall not perform police functions or interact with migrants. in custody. They will be Army and Marine Corps personnel, and will fill critical “capability gaps,” such as crossing surveillance, camera feed control, data entry, and warehouse support.

Members of the Central American caravan scale the U.S. border fence in Tijuana, Mexico.
Migrants climb the border fence with the US in Tijuana.
Joebeth Terriquez / EFE

The total deployment will be 4,000 military personnelas about 2,500 National Guard members are already stationed in the nine sectors of the southwest border, performing support duties for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “This is standard practice,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.

CBP One or how to stop migrants without the 42nd.

The Covid pandemic was the apology for tightening the border. Thus, for sanitary reasons, Title 42 was born.which allowed the U.S. government to quickly expel migrants attempting to cross its border with Mexico. This included asylum seekers.

Honduran migrants attempt to enter the United States through the El Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico.

It was Trump, but then Biden came in and upheld the rule. He did something else. His administration introduced a plan to make it more difficult for immigrants to apply for asylum.. It is known as CBP One and requires adult asylum seekers to use an application to make an appointment with U.S. officials or to apply for asylum in another country before arriving in the U.S.

It was launched in January and Will be maintained independently of Title 42.. CBP One involves the expedited removal of some immigrants, including asylum seekers, in a manner that drew criticism from human rights groups.

In its attempt to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants crossing or attempting to cross into the U.S., the White House announced last week the creation of immigration processing centers in Central and South America.. There, immigrants will be examined and their eligibility for entry will be determined. The first to operate will be those from Colombia and Guatemala.

Kayleigh Williams