Nogales, Arizona (KGUN) — Saturday was a pretty quiet day in Nogales, Arizona. The vehicle entered Mexico through the Deconcini Port of Entry and also entered the United States.
However, traffic through the port was not as heavy as it was on Friday.
Not many immigrants moved through Nogales, Arizona on Friday, a full day after Title 42 was lifted.
Things were a little different on Saturday, when at least one bus left Nogales with about 20 migrants on its way to an asylum shelter.
“It’s nice to have peace. We always want peace,” said Francis Grad.
She is the Democratic chairman of Santa Cruz County and said she didn’t expect many immigrants to come to Nogales after Title 42 was lifted in Arizona at 9 p.m. Thursday.
“I doubt they want to enter the country illegally,” she said.
As for Title 42, Glad said it worked well to keep illegal immigrants out of the United States.
Now, Title 8, which was in force years before the pandemic, is back, and she said she feels it will work similarly to keeping illegal immigrants out of the country, but safer.
“Because if you’re in the country legally, you don’t have to go through the desert or dodge all sorts of dangers,” she says.
The U.S. government used Title 8 while it used Title 42, and in some ways they were opposite policies.
Article 42 did not punish illegal immigrants for crossing the border illegally, but it made it more difficult to apply for asylum.
Article 8, on the other hand, allows immigrants to apply for asylum, but imposes harsher penalties for illegal entry.
But Santa Cruz County Republican Commissioner Stephen McEwen said Title 8 wasn’t a strong enough policy.
“This situation will never go away until we start holding the countries responsible for helping to get these people here,” McEwen said.
Title 8 allows an immigrant to apply for asylum before an immigration or asylum officer at the U.S. Department of Justice if the immigrant has entered the country illegally and is already destined to be removed from the United States through expedited processing. ing.
However, you will have to prove that you are being persecuted or tortured, or that you are afraid to return to your country.
If they were not found to have credible fear, they could have the case reexamined by an immigration judge, but they did not request it or the judge decided that their fear was credible. Failure to do so may result in deportation from the United States.
Article 8 bans immigration for at least five years, and any attempt to enter the country illegally again could result in criminal prosecution.
But McEwen feels the United States should take other steps to reduce the amount of illegal border crossings.
“The wall is a good deterrent. It’s not the solution. I think we need some kind of international agreement,” he said.
Andrew Christiansen Andrew is a reporter for KGUN 9. Prior to joining the team, Andrew was in Corpus Christi, Texas where he reported for KRIS6 News, Action 10 News and Telemundo where he guest reported in Spanish for Corpus Christi.Email your story ideas to Andrew email@example.com or by connecting Facebookagain twitter.