As the Supreme Court issued a temporary ruling to maintain migratory curbs from the Obama era, anxiety about the future of restrictions on asylum seekers grew along the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday.
Conservative-leaning states have gained a reprieve, albeit one that may only last a short while, as they fight to keep a rule that permits officials to expel most asylum applicants but not all.
They warned of an “unprecedented tragedy” at the southern border in a last-ditch petition to the Supreme Court, arguing that more migrants would strain public services, including law enforcement and healthcare.
President Joe Biden’s administration was asked to respond by 5 p.m. after Chief Justice John Roberts granted a stay pending additional orders.
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Roberts’ ruling was accepted by the Department of Homeland Security, which enforces border security.
The department stated it would continue “preparations to administer the border in a secure, orderly, and humanitarian way until the Title 42 public health order lifts.”
Since March 2020, immigrants have had their requests for asylum under U.S. and international law denied 2.5 million times due to a public health regulation known as Title 42 that aims to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are under increasing strain as the choice over what happens approaches the finish line.
Democratic Mayor Oscar Leeser of El Paso issued a warning that Ciudad Juárez’s shelters are overflowing with an estimated 20,000 migrants who are ready to enter the United States.
The city of El Paso hurried to increase its capacity to house additional migrants despite the court’s stay by transforming massive buildings into shelters as the Red Cross ships in 10,000 cots.
Chartering buses to other significant cities in Texas or neighboring states to send migrants closer to relatives and sponsors in cooperation with nonprofit organizations is another way local officials aim to relieve pressure on their local shelters.
Leeser stated, “We will continue to be ready for whatever is coming through.
Razor wire was employed on Tuesday by tactically outfitted Texas state command troops to block off a hole in the border fence that had recently become a favorite entry site for migrants who walked through shallow water to reach immigration officers.
Texas announced on Monday that it was sending 400 members of the National Guard to El Paso after the city’s emergency declaration.
According to a Texas National Guard statement, Leeser claimed that the order was primarily intended to assist vulnerable migrants while the deployment included troops that would “repel and turn-back unlawful immigration.”