Thousands of asylum seekers have converged on the US border with Mexico, anticipating the lifting of restrictions during the pandemic, but there is no clear indication of what the process might be to enter the United States.
Asylum seekers are unclear if they should show up at a border crossing with Mexico and apply for asylum with a US official, apply online, go to a US embassy or consulate or their next steps should be what.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has been unequivocally silent about how asylum seekers should enter the US as the asylum limit introduced by his predecessor, Donald Trump, comes to an end, created rumors, confusion and doubts about the government’s readiness despite more than two years of preparation.
Kate Clark, senior director of immigration services at Jewish Family Services in San Diego, which has facilitated the release of more than 110,000 migrants since October, said: “I really wish I could. that we have more information to share with everyone. 2018.
Everyone has been rights denied seeking asylum under US and international law 2.5 million times since March 2020 on the grounds of containing COVID-19 under Title 42, a public health rule scheduled to expire on Wednesday. until the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court John Roberts ordered detention.
topic 42 has been disproportionately applied to people from countries that Mexico has agreed to withdraw: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and, more recently, Venezuela, in addition to Mexico. People from those countries are expected to drive a predicted increase in the number of asylum applications once the rule is lifted.
Roberts has asked the Biden administration for a response about the stay by 5pm (22:00 GMT) Tuesday. It was just hours before the restrictions are expected to expire on Wednesday.
The Department of Homeland Security, the agency responsible for border security enforcement, acknowledged Roberts’ order – and said it would continue to “prepare ourselves to manage the border in a safe, orderly and humanity when the Title 42 Public Health Order is lifted”.
Suspense grew at the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday about the future of restrictions on asylum seekers as the Supreme Court issued a temporary order keeping the pandemic restrictions in place for immigrant.
Countries tend to be conservative argued in an appeal to the Supreme Court that the increased number of asylum seekers would damage public services, such as law enforcement and healthcare, and warned of a “unprecedented disaster” on the southern border.
In El Paso, Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser warned Monday that shelters across the border in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico were packed with about 20,000 migrants preparing to enter the US.
Although the court remained in place on Monday, City of El Paso rushed to expand its capacity to accommodate more migrants by converting large buildings into shelters, as the Red Cross brought in 10,000 cots.
Local officials also said they hope to ease pressure on local shelters by chartering buses to other major cities in Texas or nearby states, helping asylum seekers get closer. one step further with relatives and donors in collaboration with nonprofit groups.
Biden administration officials said they have focused more resources on the southern border in preparation for the end of Title 42. That includes more border patrol handling coordinators, oversight and increased security at ports of entry.