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REYNOSA, Mexico – The Texas Department of Public Safety gave Fox News a closer look at the status of thousands of migrants waiting to cross the US border.
On a flight to Mexico, soldiers showed hundreds of makeshift camps along the border. According to Texas DPS, tents housed migrants waiting for Title 42 to end before crossing the border.
Title 42, launched by the Trump administration at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, continued under the Biden administration. The order has allowed the US government to turn back migrants at the US-Mexico border for the past two years, including those seeking asylum.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that it plans to end Title 42 on Monday as COVID-19 cases have plummeted in recent months. But a federal court in Louisiana temporarily blocked the decision on Friday.
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Large groups are still waiting at the U.S. border for the Biden administration to lift Title 42, according to Texas DPS.
“We know there are thousands of people waiting in Mexico right now along the border. We know there are also potential caravans heading to the border because they are preparing for the title 42,” Texas department spokesman Chris Olivarez said. of Public Security.
During the drive, soldiers told Fox News that the camps spanned the entire US border and that the tents essentially served as waiting rooms to enter the United States.
The makeshift campsites house migrants from dozens of countries, including Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba and Russia.
“We don’t know who these individuals are, what their background is, what their intentions are, where they’re going to end up. That’s why we’re working very closely with Border Patrol,” Olivarez said.
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According to Texas DPS officials, the border wave is already beginning. Some Texas border towns are now considering states of emergency as thousands of migrants begin to swarm shelters in El Paso.
This city announced on Wednesday that officials are asking the mayor to sign an emergency declaration to raise money and resources from state and federal governments. The city council is expected to vote next week.
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“We are extremely grateful to all of our partners, including NGOs, county, state and federal leaders who understand the extraordinary collaborative lift that is needed,” said Deputy City Manager Mario D’Agostino. , in a press release.
While the future of Title 42 remains unclear, Department of Homeland Security projections estimate that up to 18,000 illegal immigrants could cross the border daily if the order is lifted.
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Regardless of what happens next in court, Texas DPS officials are prepared.
“We need to focus on border security to focus on people crossing, drugs flowing into the country, fentanyl and others flowing into the country and killing thousands of Americans throughout of the year,” Olivarez said.
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