It allowed the government to expel migrants due to COVID-19, including asylum seekers.
Because the order is temporary, Title 42 will eventually expire, and agents are preparing for more and more people to cross the border once it’s lifted.
“We know criminal organizations are using this lift as a recruitment effort so we may see an influx. So the whereabouts of Title 42 gives us even more time for these preparations,” said Carlos Rivera, public information officer at U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s El Paso sector.
According to CBP, Title 8 was another enforcement action at the border.
“Once Title 42 ends, those migrants who cannot establish legal grounds for asylum will be placed on this Title 8 agency and immigration routes that will eventually lead to deportation from the United States,” Rivera said.
If a migrant cannot legally reside in the country like an asylum seeker, they face long-term consequences, such as being denied future immigration benefits.
Our ABC13 crew in El Paso on Monday encountered families traveling to the United States from Mexico. The families came from Haiti, Chile and Guatemala.
They all come from different backgrounds but with one goal: to live the American dream and escape the turmoil and dangers of their homeland.
“Hace un mes que venimos solitos hay pidiendo ayuda para poder llegar hasta aqui,” said the asylum seeker, Juana said through tears.
Juana explained that she and her three children traveled from Cuidad Juarez in Mexico to El Paso in Guatemala. She said they didn’t know they had made it and thought they still had a long way to go. Juana and her children seek asylum out of fear that their children will be killed in their home country.
“No sabiamos que aqui esstabamos ya. Nosotros pensabamos que todavia nos faltaba mucho para poder llegar,” said Juana.
Norma Rivera, a friend of Juana’s, currently lives in Houston and said she is willing to help Juana and her children until she gets back on her feet.
“Muy feliz por ella y sus ninos,” Rivera said. That means she is very happy for Juana and her children.
Waiting to hear directly from Juana, Norma says she’s happy for her, even though they risked a lot to get here.
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