Immigration detention and processing centers at the southern border of the United States are less crowded but remain above capacity after the end of Title 42the sanitary norm that allowed hot expulsions of migrants due to the covid pandemic.
The Undersecretary of Border Policy and Immigration of the Department of Homeland Security, Blas Núñez-Neto, He said this Monday at a press conference that three days after the end of the regulations there are still thousands of people in Border Patrol facilities.
With everything, The person in charge confirmed that the crossings of migrants on the border with Mexico have been reduced by 50% compared to the days before the end of Title 42although he warned that the situation is “fluid” and that human traffickers will try to take advantage of changes in immigration policy.
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The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, already announced on Sunday the reduction in migrant crossings, which he attributed to the expansion of processing capacity financed by the Administration of Democrat Joe Biden.
Specifically, Núñez-Neto explained that there have been around 5,000 arrests each of the last three days. Of these, thousands have been deported to their countries of origin while hundreds more, from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, have been returned to Mexico under Title 8.
Immigration authorities also expressed concern about a series of lawsuits, both from immigrant defense groups and anti-immigration groups, which in their opinion “demonstrate how fundamentally broken” the immigration system is.
Núñez-Neto called on the US Congress to approve immigration policy reforms that serve to prevent the avalanches that the country has experienced in recent years.
The US says goodbye to Title 42, but establishes Title 8 regulations
After the end of the health emergency at midnight last Friday, the United States stopped applying Title 42, which allowed undocumented migrants to be expelled without the possibility of requesting asylum due to the pandemic, but it established other restrictions at the border and began to deported through another regulation known as Title 8.
The authorities have warned that from now on all those people who cross the border without a regular immigration status will not be eligible for asylum. They will be quickly removed from the country and may be banned from entering the United States for five years.
Although those responsible consider that it is early to judge the situation, the reduction in the number of migrant crossings contrasts with the predictions of many Republican politicians about the avalanches that would occur at the border once the United States ended Title 42.
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