Hundreds of migrants of various nationalities waited at the US-Mexico border on Wednesday for their turn to request asylum from US officials, days after the expiration of Title 42, a Washington measure that allows those entering its territory to be immediately deported. allows expulsion.
About a thousand migrants wait on the banks of the Rio Grande (called the Rio Grande in the United States), bordering the Ciudad Juárez border, to turn themselves in to US authorities and request asylum in that country. For. There are expatriates from Nicaragua, although there are also people from Colombia, Ecuador, Cuba, Peru and Venezuela.
Since Sunday, queues of people are seen waiting for their chance. US Border Patrol agents are receiving them in groups, although it is unclear whether once received they are immediately removed under Title 42.
Migrants wait their turn amid freezing temperatures in the city, while other expatriates also wait for Title 42 to end and bring them food and water in exchange for tips.
“I’m here to support countrymen who isolate themselves, because they have nowhere to shop, where to have breakfast. You support them by sending them what they need,” says Venezuelan migrant Gabriel Infante who bring food to the people waiting their turn. With reference to the AFP agency
Queues have also been recorded days after Mexican authorities evacuated a camp of about 400 Venezuelan migrants in the city.
“We are seeing hundreds of people very cold, without food, trying to get a little warmer. This should not have happened. This is a decomposition of the immigration policy of the United States and Mexico,” said Fernando García, NGO Border Network for Human Rights.
ending title 42
In mid-November, a US judge ruled that Title 42, a measure established by the administration of Republican Donald Trump (2016-2021) to automatically expel immigrants in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, was “arbitrary and capricious”. was used to block their asylum applications.
At the request of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the same judge later gave Democrat Joe Biden’s government five weeks to prepare for a catastrophic avalanche of migrants, most of whom are Latin American.