This past Saturday, a state of emergency was declared by the Mayor of El Paso, Texas due to the massive surge in illegal immigrants making the crossing into his city ahead of the upcoming changes slated for Title 42.
“Our asylum seekers are not safe,” explained Oscar Leeser, the city’s Democratic Mayor, as part of a press conference held to announce the recent decision. “We have hundreds and hundreds on the street and that’s not the way we treat our people.”
Leeser expressed worries that an even larger number of illegal migrants would soon flood into El Paso in the wake of the expiration of Title 42 which is slated to take place this Wednesday. Title 42 is a Trump-era immigration and health policy that gives agents of the Border Patrol the power to force migrants to turn back at the border in an effort to halt the spread of COVID.
This declaration also takes place just as the area of El Paso has reportedly been dealing with a massive surge of well over 2,400 per day this past week, highlighting a 40% jump over the already insanely inflated numbers from October, as explained by Reuters.
As highlighted in public data, well over 80,000 migrants have made their way into El Paso over the course of the previous four months. Approximately 678,000 people currently reside in the city itself.
The ambient temperatures at night for the area have recently been dipping down well into the 20s, setting up a very dangerous scenario for the multiple hundred if not thousands of illegal migrants being forced to sleep outside in the wake of local facilities filling up and being forced to turn people away.
One option that has still not been ruled out by the mayor was to make use of a local military base to offer temporary housing to migrants, claiming that officials for the city were talking about various options with both federal and state authorities.
The press conference held this past Saturday seemed to be a massive change from the event held by Leeser on Thursday which pointedly ignored various questions about the possibility of declaring a state of emergency. He claimed that the city was expecting to be issued a grant of government funding to the tune of $6 million to aid in efforts assisting the city while not having to devolve into a state of emergency.
On Friday, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia slammed a denial onto a last-minute suit put in place by a group of Republican attorneys general attempting to keep Title 42 in effect. While this order does have the ability to be appealed by taking it to the Supreme Court, the chances of any changes taking place are quite slim prior to the deadline set in place of the 21st of December, or this coming Wednesday.