Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas Visits Southern Border Ahead of “Title 42” Immigration Policy Expiration
Alejandro Mayorkas, the Secretary of Homeland Security, visited the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of the expiration of the “Title 42” immigration policy, which turns away migrants over health concerns.
The policy is set to expire in one week, and federal officials are anticipating a surge of people crossing the border.
Mayorkas visited Texas to meet with law enforcement officials to discuss border security ahead of the expected surge.
The department is preparing through the use of technologies, such as bird detection systems, to help call asylum advocates and officers to make cases for migrants.
Border agents also showed Mayorkas ways to rapidly deport migrants more quickly than before.
Mayorkas’ visit comes amid a humanitarian crisis in border cities where people are slipping on the streets.
Migrants are crossing the Rio Grande River, and many are being put on buses to leave the area quickly.
Mayorkas is set to speak with border agents soon, but he faces an uphill battle as some agents have been reluctant to hear from their leaders in the past.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the border, migrants are already waiting to cross into the U.S.
at a camp in the shadow of a migrant detention center that caught fire in March, killing 40 people.
The tent camp has hundreds, if not more than 1,000, people waiting to cross into the U.S.
Some of these migrants have been fed misinformation about when and how they can enter the United States.
The Biden administration is dealing with the challenge of managing this influx of migrants.