El Paso Takes Drastic Actions Before Title 42 Ends

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced atargeted enforcement operation in El Paso, Texas, to sweep for thousands of illegal immigrants camped in the city.

The operation comes ahead of the repeal of Title 42, a Trumpera health order that has allowed border agents to immediately expel illegal aliens from the country.

According to CBP,immigration enforcement agents will process individuals for vetting and placement into Title 42 expulsion or Title 8 removal proceedings, as applicable. Noncitizens who pose a threat to national security or public safety will be transferred to ICE for detention.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser previously estimated that up to 15,000 migrants could be in Ciudad Juárez, right across the border from El Paso, preparing to enter the U.S. when Title 42 expires on Thursday.

The city currently has about 2,500 migrants living on the streets.

However, some Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were reportedly frustrated with how the El Paso operation is being handled. Fox News reporter Bill Melugin said,I continue to hear from frustrated Border Patrol & ICE contacts who are in disbelief that DHS/CBP announced in a press release last night that they were going to run an enforcement operation in El Paso today targeting gotaways/evaders camping on streets. Lost element of surprise.

He added,They tell me you announce the RESULTS of an enforcement operation in a press release, not the PLAN. Our team on the ground in El Paso tell me much of the migrant population cleared out before the operation this morning, after the press release went out.

Immigration officials have seen a steady surge in illegal migration in the weeks leading up to Title 42s expiration. Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz reported on Monday that Border Patrol averaged nearly 9,000 migrant apprehensions per day and tallied over 7,000 gotaways, illegal immigrants who were seen entering the U.S. but could not be apprehended.

The repeal of Title 42 is expected to put even more strain on federal immigrant holding facilities and NGO centers, which are already at capacity or overcrowded. Eight of nine sectors along the U.S. southern border are overwhelmed days before Title 42 is scheduled to expire, according to NewsNations Ali Bradley.

CBP has not yet announced the results of the El Paso operation, but it is clear that the U.S. is struggling to manage the influx of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border before Title 42 expires. It remains to be seen how effective the targeted enforcement operation will be in curbing the number of illegal migrants in El Paso.


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