By Rob Crilley, Senior US Political Writer at Dailymail.Com, Yuma, Arizona
Updated May 11, 2023 21:27, May 11, 2023 21:42
- Hundreds waited Thursday morning to be processed by authorities
- DailyMail.com spotted them lined up along the border wall outside Yuma, Arizona
- A local official said the release began this week as the city ran out of space.
A line of 100 people forms next to the border wall before sunrise on Thursday.
Arrivals from Colombia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Mauritania, Ecuador, Brazil and China, but mostly from Peru on Thursday morning, wait patiently until their turn is processed and they board Customs and Border Protection buses. .
By the time each shipment made its way, dozens more migrants weaved the canal and crossed the Colorado River, which marks the border with Mexico.
More than 300 people in line within an hour. Yuma, Arizona, the day before the end of Title 42.
Cities have already crossed their limits. With no beds left, authorities said they began releasing migrants onto the streets two days ago, with court hearings set for 2026 or 2027.
The number of visitors is expected to exceed 1,000 by the end of the day.
Sandra, 32, and Bruno, 32, hugged their 3-year-old daughter Sofia and said they were relieved to be on American soil.
“She has a disease called autism,” Sandra said. “There is not enough care for her in Peru.”
They closed their travel agency, spent their savings, traveled for two days, flew into Mexico, and made their way to the border.
More than three-quarters of the queue came from Peru. People tell the same story. Months of political turmoil have sparked daily protests and frequent police crackdowns, often with deadly force.
Many flew to Mexicali and were then led to the border wall and told to find a gap.
They arrive little by little, 5, 7, 12 at a time. They wear thick coats to protect themselves from the cold at night.
When you reach the front of the line, you will be handed a small clear plastic bag. Documents and small children’s toys enter inside.
Everything else is tagged and stored for later retrieval, but charity volunteers explained that few people return to collect mementos of their previous lives.
A group of three Chinese clung to the end of the line to join another handful of people already in line.
These are reminders that not everyone is affected by Title 42. This has been used to deport her 2.8 million immigrants, but only to those nationalities Mexico is willing to accept. Initially El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and later Cuba. , Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Either way, Yuma is full.
County superintendent Jonathan Lines said he’s hit capacity. He said the street release began on Tuesday and a bus stopped to take people to Phoenix.
“They were given papers saying the process was complete and a court date was set,” he said. “But most of the trial dates being distributed are 2026 and 2027.”
A similar scene unfolds above and below the border. Officials say they are detaining a total of 10,000 people a day.
Title 42 was invoked by the Trump administration to stop the spread of COVID-19. This is a public health measure that allows border officials to expel arrivals before they can apply for asylum.
But now that the pandemic is over, it will finally expire at midnight ET on Thursday.
The Biden administration hastily implemented new restrictions, effectively reinstating President Trump’s “transit embargo,” which allows the deportation of arrivals who did not seek asylum in the destination country.
Migrants can legally report to the border after pre-registering using the CBP One mobile app.
But the Biden administration is still desperate to deliver the message that the gates to America are not open.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorcas explained Thursday that the end of Title 42 means immigration will be processed under Title 8.
“What do you mean by this,” he said. “If anyone arrives at the southern border after midnight tonight, they will be presumed ineligible for asylum and face harsher sanctions for illegal entry, including a minimum five-year re-entry ban and possible criminal prosecution. become.”
Do not listen to those who offer the way to the Promised Land, he added.
“Know this, smugglers only care about profit, not people,” he said.