As Joe Biden admits, ‘vulnerable’ asylum seekers are filling up border shelters.
“Do not come,” Vice President Kamala Harris may have said, but it looks that the word has already been received, as shelters around the border begin to fill up.
Hundreds of migrants seeking admission to the United States have been housed in shelters in Mexico border cities such as Tijuana, Nogales, and Ciudad Juárez in recent months. As supplies ran out, these shelters faced a continual stream of desperate migrants, causing them to fill to capacity.
More people are leaving shelters and seeking access to the United States at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoints as a result of the Biden administration’s recent decision to allow “vulnerable” migrants to claim asylum. While the daily admission limit remains at 250 people, there are a number of other factors at play.
Tony Payan, Director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, told Washington Newsday, “There’s never one thing at work.” “Those who have been waiting in Mexico are being allowed in, the flow has decreased, and deportees are being processed more quickly.”
While the initial wave was a catastrophe for government officials, Payan believes that the “learning curve” of responding to the process is being overcome. Payan told Washington Newsday while on a teaching trip to Juárez that the city had gotten quieter, with fewer migrants on the streets. Part of this, he says, is due to the new deportation policy. This was also seen by Marisa Garza, deputy director of the Hope Border Institute in the El Paso-Juárez area.
Migrants exiled from Texas were dropped off in Juárez under Title 42, with some arriving by plane. Garza told Washington Newsday that she had been witnessing these lateral transfers, or drop-offs, for over eight weeks, with about 100 people arriving each day. These people joined the throngs of migrants already on their way from Southern Mexico and Central America, forcing the shelters to make a difficult choice.
“The question became very clear: Do you allow these people to face danger if they’re left out in the street, or do you throw your COVID precaution to the wind,” Garza told Washington Newsday. “At that point there wasn’t infrastructure for that, but now there’s better COVID testing and resources.”
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