The U.S.-Mexico border witnessed a significant policy shift Friday, May 12 as the Biden administration phased out a COVID-era policy that expedited the expulsion of migrants, known as #Title42. Concurrently, new #asylum restrictions were introduced, leading to a wave of confusion and uncertainty.
This change spurred several urgent court actions, adding to the complexity of the situation. Advocacy groups have legally challenged the new asylum rule, arguing that it bears similarities to the previous restrictive measures of the Trump era.
As the transition began, U.S. officials monitored the border, anxious about the potential strain on border facilities due to record #migrant numbers. Despite concerns, the Department of Homeland Security reported no sudden increase in border crossings.
However, confusion rippled through the migrants gathered at the border. Hundreds waited outside in El Paso, #Texas, while a few hundred others queued up to enter at Ciudad Juarez. The Texas National Guard and border agents were on high alert, patrolling the areas and erecting barriers.
The new asylum regulation faced a late-night legal challenge from immigration advocates, including the American Civil Liberties Union. These groups allege that the Biden administration’s rules violate both U.S. laws and international treaties.
Many migrants in #Mexico say they are opting to seek asylum through the U.S. asylum app, CBP One, instead of attempting unlawful crossings. However, issues with the app and the continued influx of migrants suggest that challenges remain.
The expiration of Title 42, initially implemented by #Trump in March 2020 to control COVID-19’s spread, marks the end of an era. The Biden administration faces criticism from some Democrats and immigration advocates who argue that the new regulation is overly harsh, denying migrants their right to apply for asylum.
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