The Democratic mayor of El Paso, Texas, has announced that following the end of Title 42 and the expected increase in immigration, he is preparing to declare a state of emergency in the city.
Title 42, is a pandemic-era health order first started during the Trump administration, which enables authorities to expel immigrants without having to follow the formal asylum process. The order is now set to expire on May 11, following months of legal debate on whether the rule should be allowed to remain following the end of the pandemic. President Joe Biden however has decided that the order needed to expire, which has led to backlash from both Republicans and some Democrats who are worried about the surge of migrants and the chaos that will follow after the end of the order.
There are also those who have been critical of Title 42, who have stated that this was a public health order and that it should not be used as a migration measure as it deprives migrants of their legal rights to seek asylum.
El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser has announced that one of the largest border cities in the United States is preparing for the surge in migrants seeking to cross the U.S.-Mexico border after the end of Title 42. Leeser also declared a state of emergency prior to May 11. During a meeting on Monday, he claimed that the city was expecting to see an increase in migration with tens of thousands entering the country.