In the seven days before the end of Title 42 immigration policy, the US Border Patrol averaged nearly 10,000 daily arrests of undocumented immigrants.
Raul Ortiz, the head of the government agency, shared a “Summary of the week” this Friday, in which, among other activities, border agents carried out a total of “67 thousand 759 apprehensions”, while about 15 thousand 780 migrants managed to escape.
Ortiz’s figures show that arrests have gradually increased in recent weeks.
The controversial Title 42, a rule under which the US government was able to quickly deport thousands of undocumented immigrants with the justification of a health emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officially expired at midnight last Thursday.
Once Title 42 is finalized, the US will once again use the immigration powers established in Title 8 to “expeditiously process and remove people coming to the US border illegally”.
According to officials, those who entered the US illegally could be deported “within days”; Similarly, if their expulsion is ordered, “they shall be unable to re-enter” for at least five years; and “it will be assumed that they are not eligible to request asylum”, when no exceptions apply.
Border Patrol officials cited by the local press indicated that there could be up to 14,000 arrests per day with the expiration of Title 42, but there is currently no significant increase in illegal entry into US territory.
For his part, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas declared that things were going according to plan, though he said it would take some time for the effects to be visible.
In early May, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed sending 1,500 troops to the southern border.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that they have 24,000 agents and officers from the Office of Customs and Border Protection with Mexico and have hired more than 2,000 civilians to help with processing and operations at customs facilities.
Mexico suspends permits for migrants to transit
Meanwhile, it was learned that Mexico’s National Institute of Migration (INM) has ordered all its offices at the national level not to give migrants any permits that authorize their transit through the country, accepting that After that there is no arrangement for their accommodation in the state. , reports the local press.
The measure was announced on Wednesday following the closure of 33 temporary stays in the US and the end of Title 42, which officially expires on that day.
In this context, the INM warned that large-scale extortion could become a violation of human rights by “not having space to accommodate foreigners”.