The mayor of El Paso, Texas, declared a state of emergency on Saturday as migrants continue to gather in the southern border town waiting for Title 42 to expire. In recent days, a growing number of migrants have poured into El Paso which has led to the shelters being overwhelmed. As a result, many have been forced to sleep on the streets despite the dropping temperatures. With more asylum seekers reaching the city every day, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser has determined that it is time for the city to declare a state of emergency.
In a press conference on Saturday, Leeser noted that he did not think the situation was safe for asylum seekers as they no longer had the space to accommodate them. He added that “that’s not the way we want to treat people.”
He continued to say that it is important to them to ensure that people are “treated with dignity” and not be left outside in 20–25-degree weather. He added that with the end of Title 42 on Wednesday, they are expecting to see an even greater increase in migrants reaching El Paso.
Title 42, a Trump-era health policy that restricted the number of asylum seekers who could enter the country, was struck down by a federal judge in November. At the time, the Biden administration was given five weeks to end the use of Title 42.
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