The Biden administration is currently preparing for an increase in migration crossings following the end of Title 42. In November a federal judge determined that the U.S. government could not use the COVID-era policy any longer and ordered that it expire on Dec. 21. The policy helped limit the number of asylum seekers that could cross the border on account of health concerns.
The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday in an emergency update said that they would be sending additional personnel, transportation and medical support to the border to help assist with the surge in immigrant crossings once the policy ends. This move came only a few days after a group of unauthorized immigrants entered the U.S. through El Paso.
The agency has maintained that there were many preparations taking place despite the fact that they have to work with a “decades-old immigration system that everyone agrees is broken.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a recent statement that a real solution would only be possible if there was legislation fundamentally reforming the system.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, said Customs and Border Protection officials had informed him on Wednesday that there were around 50,000 migrants who were waiting to cross after Title 42 expired.
In an interview Cuellar noted that those who crossed through ports of entry would be admitted for seeking asylum, however, those who did not and chose to cross illegally will be sent back.