Although America may not have experienced a huge red wave, it is about to be overwhelmed by a flood of another kind. According to the New York Post, a veritable “avalanche” of illegal migrants has gathered at the U.S. southern border, waiting for Title 42 to end. The Washington Post warned that illegal crossings could rise from the present, already massive 6,000 to 7,000 per day to 18,000 daily when the COVID-era border restriction is lifted.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Title 42, a Trump-era COVID-19 policy that prohibits migrants from crossing the U.S. frontier, has been used to eliminate 2.3 million migrants, or approximately 40%, since 2020. A federal judge overturned the ban, giving a five-week deadline. There are already thousands of people waiting at the border for Dec. 21, when Title 42 will officially end.
It’s not just asylum seekers who are flooding across the border. Border Patrol data from Fiscal Year 2022 revealed a 600% increase in illegal “special interest migrants” flagged as national security threats, or 25,627 people. Art del Cueto, VP of Border Patrol Council, stated on Steve Bannon’s War Room in September that criminal cartels hold so much control over the border that even teenage migrants are working for them.
Samuel Guerra, a Venezuelan asylum seeker, said to the Post that “in December it’s going be an avalanche; a sea of people.” Guerra, who has been sleeping in tents in the city, is now attempting to surrender to US Border Patrol agents Title 42 when Title 42 expires.
Guerra stated that they are afraid one of them will freeze to death. “I was reluctant to leave because I don’t want to risk losing my chance to enter the US.
The President of the National Border Patrol Union, Brandon Judd, told the Post that once Title 42 is gone, it simply means we’ll be releasing more people into the United States. This encourages even more people to come to the United States.
Judd is concerned that Mexican and Latin American smugglers are using Title 42’s imminent end to promote their services to “vulnerable immigrants.”
Biden’s administration has not yet announced an alternative policy to Title 42. An unvetted flood of 18,000 migrants a day is not a priority, according to Biden.
Title 42 was primarily used to stop Guatemalan and El Salvadoran migrations, as well as Mexican, Honduran, and Venezuelan migrations.
Biden’s border crisis has already overwhelmed areas and towns along the borders where migrants have been resettled, such as New York and Chicago. It’s only going to get worse. El Paso in Texas is a hotspot. Since August, the city has spent $9.5million on migrants. The Biden administration has informed El Paso that it can’t reopen its welcome center or resume its bus program until it gets more money. El Paso has received $2.2 million in refunded funds so far.
Peter Svarzbein, El Paso Mayor Pro Tempore and Member of the El Paso Council, said that federal immigration reform was “long overdue.”